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BSCHS claims 42-5 victory in girls rugby

By Celina Ip

RCI Raiders' Abby Emon launches herself forward with the ball, but is tackled to the ground by BSCHS Crusaders' Jaiden Smith.

RCI Raiders' Abby Emon launches herself forward with the ball, but is tackled to the ground by BSCHS Crusaders' Jaiden Smith.

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The Bishop Smith Crusaders tackled their way to a 42-5 against the Renfrew Collegiate Institute (RCI) Raiders during girls rugby action on Oct. 10.

 

Following the season opener which saw them defeat the Opeongo Wildcats 15-10, and now claiming victory against the Raiders in their second game, the Crusaders have kicked off the 2017 season on the right foot.

Crusaders coach Mike David expressed that great teamwork and consistent effort were key factors that contributed to the team’s success.

“It was a good game by everybody and it was well-played by both sides,” said David. “From start to finish, there was a collective team effort from everybody on the field. They were all playing the game as a unit and knowing how to act when they have the ball and when they don’t have the ball.”

At the end of the game, the team started a brand new tradition in which they chose the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for that game.

Captain Felicity Tozer congratulated Rebecca Allen on being the MVP of the day and presented her with a celebratory tutu which she’d have to wear during warm-ups before passing it on to the next MVP.

Up next, the Crusaders will be facing off against their opponents from Arnprior District High School on Oct. 12.

“We'll have a really tough go against Arnprior because they're a provincial powerhouse and they have a very well coached team and a very well balanced group,” said David. “So it will be a tough game to win, but we'll put in the best effort we can and see what results we get once the game is over.”

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