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BUCCS HOME OPENER
Written by Jay McEvans June 4, 2012
The Toronto Buccaneers fielded two sides on Saturday, and in a first for the club did so at two different locations.
Buccs 2 were away and took to the field against Beach 4 by the Lakeshore. Despite being put back on their heels early in the game, Buccs 2 managed to turn the pace of the game around and had success playing a slower and more controlled rucking battle. Eternal rookie Tim Morton captained the side strongly, while some other players got a chance to play out of their regular positions. Tight scrums and hard runs led the Buccs 2 to 4 tries despite a few injuries along the way, with the front row having a particularly offensive day thanks to tries scored by rookie prop Dan Mombourquette and hooker Wes Gee. In the end however Beach 4 proved to have the greater depth, managing 6 tries of their own and securing the win.
Buccs 1 took on the Vaughan Yeomen later in the day for the Buccs season home opener. With a good fan support, including many of our new junior squad in attendance, Buccs 1 took to the pitch with fiery spirits. Both teams took some time to gauge the other, playing hard but calculated rugby. Some early penalties cost Buccs 1 however, and the Yeomen managed to take the early lead with a penalty kick to go up by 3. Solid defense helped the Buccs 1 keep the Yeomen at bay, despite some hard fought battles inside the Buccs 22, however the Yeomen pressed on and managed a try later in the first half to bring the score to 8 to nil. Strong scrummaging and lineouts, combined with hard rucking helped sway the momentum back to the Buccs 1, and thanks to a penalty kick at the end of the half the Buccs 1 were only down by a try. Continuing the aggression in the second half, Buccs 1 finally managed to take advantage of their back play and with great speed and strength, Colin Alexander ran in the first Buccs try of the game to tie the score. Another great run by the backs saw the ball finally get wide where speed demon Shaky Barber finished a group effort and took the Buccs 1 team into the lead. A harrowing final ten minutes saw the Buccs 1 fight hard but eventually get beaten in their end by a try punched in by the Yeoman. Final score, 13-13.
All in all a great day of rugby, with many positives to take away. The effect of good numbers at practice canít be overstressed, as team play and set pieces looked as good as it has all year. In order to keep growing together it is imperative all players make it to practice ahead of our away game next week in Cobourg.
Look forward to seeing you all on the pitch.
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