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Ontario Blues take second straght title

The Ontario Blues earned their second straight Canadian Rugby Campionship title with a convincing 40-16 win over The Rock at the Swilers Rugby Complex in St. John's Saturday. The Blues victory was sparked by two try performances from second row Tyler Ardron and flanker John Moonlight.

The Blues got on the scoreboard early when wing Dan Moor pounced on a loose ball and took it to the corner for 5 points. Derek Daypuck couldn't slot the tough convert. Much of the play in the early part of the match was focused inside the two 22m lines as momentum by one team would be undone by a conceded penalty and subsequent clearing kick. Ciaran Hearn and Daypuck went back and forth with two penaties each taking the score to 11-6 Blues after 30 minutes. The Rock crafted a beautiful try orchestrated by their young outside half Patrick Parfrey. With an onrushing Blues backline at their own 22m line, Parfrey neatly chipped over the top where it was recovered by center Tyler Wish who offloaded to Parfrey following up hard.  He dotted down under the posts for the major which was converted by Hearn to make the half time score 13-11 for The Rock.

The Blues went ahead for good with a Daypuck penalty five minutes into the second half which was followed up by John Moonlight's first try of the day off a 5m scrum. Daypuck missed the extras making it 19-13 for the Blues. A Hearn penalty brought The Rock to within three points at 19-16. Ardron got his first try when the Blues moved the ball through the hands, including a deft touch by big prop Tom Dolezel, putting Ardron through a gap in the Rock defence. With Daypuck's convert it was Blues 26, Rock 16 after 65 minutes. Five minutes later some more great hands by the Blues forwards saw a backhand pass from Moonlight hitting Barkwill to Ardron for his second of the day. 33-16 with the conversion from Daypuck.

John Moonlight sealed the deal for the Blues when his late try made it 38-16 Blues and Daypuck's extras made the final score 40-16 Blues.

Rock coach Simon Blanks, while obviously disappointed conceded that the best team won on the day. He noted the superb performance from Tyler Adron who's line-out work and two tries earned him man of the match honours in Blank's estimation.

The Blues were thrilled with their second straight victory letting out a loud cheer as captain Derek Daypuck was presented with the McTier Cup by Rugby Canada's Mike Chu.

The game wrapped up an exciting CRC season that featured a very close competiton between the league's top sides, coming down to the last day of the competiton where any one of three teams could have walked away with the title.

Fans can now look forward to the upcoming Americas Rugby Championship where several of the CRC's top players will have earned a spot on the Canada side that will take on USA A, Argentina Jaguars and Uruguay next month in Victoria. 

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