Yesterday the senior Ontario Blues fielded a squad of high-level rugby players, from various clubs across the province, to play against the Ontario Blues under-19 (U19) team. This is the second year the Blues have held this match.
The U19 Blues are preparing for their Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) U19 competition, which takes place in July. Blues coach Chris Silverthorn believes this game helps prepare the U19 team for the tournament, and it also gives the senior Blues coaching staff a chance to check out players who have not had the chance to play for the Blues.
The Blues “A” squad defeated the U19 Blues 70-19. Graham Turner, from the Oakville Crusaders, led the scoring for the Blues “A” squad. Turner scored four tries in the match, and fellow Crusader Dan Mathie kicked over four conversions during the game.
While the score may look one sided, the U19 Blues strung together many good phases that led to their tries. The U19 squad shows very good potential, and their CRC competition will be an exciting one to watch.
This game was also a very good chance for aspiring senior Blues players to leave a lasting impression on the Blues coaches. The Blues CRC season begins in August, and the Blues are looking to win their third consecutive MacTier cup.
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By Dale Hall