EORU Senior Men vs Ontario Blues “A” – Match Recap

The EORU Senior Men’s 15s Team battled hard and earned a 41-31 victory against an experienced Ontario Blues “A” side on Saturday.

This annual match is one of the highlights of the summer in the EORU Senior Men’s schedule.  It provides a good contest for the program and acts as a means of showcasing the regions talent to provincial selectors.  After strong performances on Saturday, Rhys Davies (Kingston Panthers) and Nick Delallo (Bytown Blues) have been selected to join the Ontario Blues “A” side for their upcoming match against the Atlantic Rock “A”.

Against the wind in the first half, EORU took control right from the kickoff with a strong, dynamic forward pack. The pace of the match during this period was very high and many skilled offloads kept the ball alive and in play. Outstanding phase play was showcased in the first 20 minutes resulting in a 12-0 EORU lead.

The lead was short lived as an EORU penalty resulted in a converted try for Ontario “A”. Almost immediately after, Blues “A” winger Kainoa Lloyd made a smart play running close to the mark for a quick lineout. A few passes later the Blues “A” were in for another score and the game was level at 12-12. 

A determined EORU side managed to punch in two more tries before half time making the score at the mid way point 24-12.

At the start of the second half EORU scored again quickly to widen their lead to 29-12. Ontario “A” fought back and dominated the next 25 minutes, scoring three unanswered tries and taking the lead 31-29 with 15 minutes to go. 

The EORU dug in and would not be denied on the day crossing the line shortly after for 2 more tries, regaining the lead 41-31. The EORU controlled the balance of the match, brining home the win for the second straight year.

“I believe our defense was sound in the face of an opponent that had far more recognizable names on their roster,” said Kurt Dingwall, Director, Men’s Program with the EORU. “Without watching a video, I believe The EORU had far fewer turnovers, and our ball handling in contact and close to it was what made the difference on the day.”

 

Try Scorers

Nick Delallo

Mason Dingwall

Ryan Surgenor

Myles Dingwall

Charlie Tremblay

Jeremy Nesbitt

Elias Hancock

 

Photo Courtesy of LeeEllen Carroll