Local ruggers win cross-border battle

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AMHERST - The cross-border rugby battle between the Cumberland County Black Watch RFC and the Mount Allison B team continued last Saturday, with the Black Watch schooling Mount Allison by a score of 47-7.
"The Amherst centres were stronger and it took more to contain them, so it let the wingers get to the outside," said Jim Boiduk after the game.
Despite the loss Boiduk, who is a certified rugby coach but refereed his first game on Saturday, said the Mount Allison team didn't leave the Church Street field disappointed.
"The Amherst team is more experienced," said Boiduk. "And the B team is a learning team, so it was a good experience for everybody,"
The battle between the teams continues the next two Friday nights at Mount Allison at 7 p.m. After that, the Black Watch hopes to play an exhibition game against Dalhousie.
"The game against Dalhousie is in the works for the fall and after that we hope to get the game out to some of the local schools."
Blair Langille has been spearheading the rugby movement in Cumberland County and Boiduk hopes Langille and himself will be given the opportunity to introduce sevens rugby to Springhill, Pugwash and other Cumberland County schools.
Rugby sevens uses seven players on each team as opposed to 15 players and a decision will be rendered this month as to whether or not rugby sevens will be introduced at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"We think the sevens will catch on in Cumberland County better than the 15s," said Boiduk.
The long-term goal is to develop a robust men's program in Cumberland County.
"We would look at the high schools to feed the men's team," said Boiduk.
"That's what happens with soccer. You have junior and high school players who go play at university then come home and play on the men's team."
The men's team would be for players 19 and older, but right now they have younger athletes playing on the team.
"There is one Grade 9 fellow playing on the team with his brother," said Boiduk. "I think young athletes are interested in the game, it's just a matter of getting the program going."
Rugby requires toughness and good sportsmanship, and both attributes were on display on Saturday.
"After the game both teams went to Dooly's and had a few beers," said Boiduk. "It's really a game that encourages camaraderie."

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland County Black Watch RFC

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County, Dalhousie Church Street Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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