County wins Maritime rugby title


NEW GLASGOW — It has been 15 years since the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club has had that Maritime championship feeling.

Pictou County’s Division II team got it in a big way on Saturday as they overwhelmed the Fredericton Loyalists 64-3 at the Parkdale Sports Complex.

The game’s outcome was virtually sealed from the opening kick as Pictou County used its running game to score consistently.

Coach Scott Taylor saluted the younger players on a side that was smaller but quicker, passed the ball expertly for most of the game and tackled in text book fashion.

“Our young guys played fantastic,” he said. “We really stuck to our system. We were looking for mismatches and stretched our backs to expose their weak points.”

Taylor also credited coaches John Rushton and Dave Delorey for helping to get the players in shape and focused on practising and playing the game.

“John and Dave worked hard with the boys and it paid off,” Taylor said.

Captain Peter MacLean echoed Taylor’s sentiments after accepting the championship trophy on behalf of the team.

“We were prepared,” he said. “We knew what had to be done and it worked out great for us. The coaches did a great job.”

Justin MacLellan led the offence with a try, four converts and two penalty kicks for 19 points.

Ryan MacDonald, Eric MacLeod, Kyle Sutherland, Steve Chaisson, Marshall Fitt, Cole MacIsaac, Campbell Burrows, Mike MacGillivray and Matt Munroe each scored a try.

It was ideal rugby weather, and the pitch stood up well despite two days of nearly steady rain.

Saturday was doubly defeating for the Loyalists.

The host P.E.I. Mudmen captured the Division I Maritime championship on Saturday with a 32-21 victory over Fredericton in Charlottetown.

Kyle Sutherland, Nick Davison and Steve Chaisson rush in to tackle a Fredericton opponent during their Maritime rugby championship game in New Glasgow. Pictou County won 64-3 to win the championship. (Goodwin photo)