Men’s teams split rugby games; women win


NEW GLASGOW — Men’s rugby teams from Pictou County will prepare for matches on the road and at home over the next two weekends after splitting games last Saturday in New Glasgow.

The Pictou County Senior Rugby Club’s Division I team will visit Dartmouth and its Division II side will visit Eastern Shore in games scheduled for Saturday.

Pictou County’s Division II side will visit Riverlake on Sunday.

Both teams are at home on August 17. The Division I side will host the P.E.I. Mudmen at 1 p.m., while the Division II team will host its P.E.I. opponents at 3 p.m.

Pictou County’s Division I side lost its first match of the season after two victories as the result of a 46-12 drubbing at the hands of the undefeated Halifax Tars on Saturday.

Pictou County trailed 27-7 at the half and narrowed the gap early in the second half with an unconverted try before the Tars pulled away with 19 unanswered points.

“We did not put our best foot forward,” coach John Rushton said. “We made mistakes early in the game.”

The Tars lead the Division I standings with four wins and 20 points. The Mudmen are second with three wins and a loss for 15 points, while Pictou County is third with 10 points.

Pictou County’s wins were over the Halifax Rugby Club and the Valley Rugby Union.

Pictou County’s Division II side overwhelmed Caledonia Rugby Club 79-5 on Saturday in a game whose outcome was in little doubt from the opening kick.

The win improved Pictou County’s record to 3-1.

Enfield defeated Pictou County 33-15 on July 6 before Pictou County topped the Halifax Tar 55-31 on July 25 and defeated the Valley 66-26 on July 27.

Pictou County’s Tier II women’s side has won its four games this season. The side most recently downed the host Charlottetown Rugby Club 39-12 on Saturday.

Pictou County’s other wins came against the Truro Saints by an 81-34 margin, Riverlake by a score of 88-17 and 55-31 over the Halifax Tars on July 25.

Pictou County’s sides play their home games at the Scott Weeks Parkdale Sports Complex.

Rushton said he hopes the men’s sides can finish the regular season strong.

“In terms of Division I, Dartmouth has been on the rise, but we could finish in the top two if we come up with wins in both games,” he said. “Eastern Shore has been tough in Division II.”

Pictou County’s Mike MacGillivray is tackled during the Division II match against Caledonia Rugby Club. (Goodwin photo)