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Last CRC match to decide league title

September 18, 2012 – The final game of the Canadian Rugby Championships will be played on Saturday Sept 22 at the Swilers Rugby Complex at 3pm between long standing rivals Ontario and The Rock. The National title is on the line, with Ontario in the driver’s seat as they need no more than a tie or 2 bonus points (awarded for losing by less than 8 points or scoring 4 tries). The Rock is mathematically in contention but need to win by more than 50 points. In the event of the Rock winning but by a margin of less than 50 points, the Prairie Wolf Pack will win the title.

The Rock have won their last 2 games having beaten Pacific Tyee at home and the Wolf Pack away in 2 thrillers, but lost their first 2 games by small margins. Ontario have won 3 and lost one game to Pacific Tyee, with an aggregate of +35 comparing scores for and against. The Rock’s aggregate difference is +1.

“We are delighted with our performances so far this year, as are rebuilding and have improved in each game” commented Director of Rock Rugby Pat Parfrey.” Ten of the squad for Saturday range from 18-22 years and they will definitely benefit as they experience the tensions of what is in effect a National Final. Hopefully they will respond to the exhortations of a home crowd with a display of passion and guts”.

Ontario have a strong team with Canadian players at prop (Doug Wooldridge and Tom Dolezal), flanker (John Moonlight and Tyler Ardron), scrum half (Jamie McKenzie), center (Derek Daypuck), and deserve their tag as favorites to repeat as National Champions. The Rock will be without Kevin Parfrey, Dean Blanks, Morgan Lovell, and Geoff Warden because of injury. However the Rock have been buoyed by strong performances from their younger players particularly Bob Rogers (prop), Jon Phelan (second row), Toni Wodzick (flanker), Patrick Parfrey (outhalf) and Ciaran Hearn (fullback). Consistent with their rebuilding program the Rock will start 21 year old Kyle McGuirk on the wing and include 18 year old Alex Rogers in the squad.

“We are on a development journey with our squad and will focus on playing properly,” said Simon Blanks (head Coach of the Rock).”Our offense has been good but our defence is a work in progress. To be competitive on Saturday we will not only have to tackle strongly but we will need to maintain our defensive structure, which has broken down on occasion this year. Nonetheless we will continue to play the young bucks”.

The Rock team is

  1. Frank Walsh - Vandals RFC St. John’s, NL
  2. Owen Parfrey - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
  3. Bob Rogers - Dogs RFC Mt. Pearl, NL
  4. Brad Lester - Dogs RFC Mt. Pearl, NL
  5. Jon Phelan - St. Anne-de Bellevue Montreal, PQ
  6. Toni Wodzicki - Wanderers RFC Montreal, PQ
  7. Chauncey O’Toole – Belle Isle RFC, Victoria BC
  8. Zac Coughlan - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
  9. Mike Simpson - Swilers RFC Sudbury, ON
  10. Patrick Parfrey - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
  11. Kyle McGuirk - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
  12. Tyler Wish - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
  13. Ciaran Hearn - Castaway Wanderers RFC Victoria, BC
  14. Shane Stratton - Dogs RFC Goulds, NL
  15. Robert Wilson© - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
  16. Steve Cutliffe - Dogs RFC Mt. Pearl, NL
  17. Benoit Piffero - St. Anne-de Bellevue Montreal, PQ
  18. Justin Meyers - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
  19. Mike Hamson – Tars RFC Halifax, NS
  20. Scott Forrest - Tars RFC Halifax, NS
  21. LLyr Morris - Mudmen RFC Charlottetown, PEI
  22. Patrick McNicholas - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
  23. Alex Rogers - Dogs RFC Mt. Pearl, NL

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