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Positives outweigh in first game

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The SVRSS Tigers Rugby teams hosted the Dauphin Clippers last Tuesday (April 18) for their first home game of the season.

Both the girls’ team and the boys’ team got in a game against the opponent, with the boys’ game ending in a 12-12 tie, and the girls losing 50-0.

“The girls are still a rookie team, so there is lots to improve on, and this is a building year for us,” said Co-coach George van der Walt. “One of the key highlights in that game was when the girls started tackling and didn’t hesistate. In the end, they did start getting balls out of the rucks so there are very positive things to look at.

“The boys played well, and I think it was the first time they played the full amount of time. They get tired after a while, but they held together very well, started following the instructions we gave them, and starting winning balls in the rucks. They were fortunate to get two tries and a convert.”

Tigers players Joshua Steen and Logan Sagert each scored a try for five points, with John Taylor scoring the two-point convert.

Van der Walt added that improvement is needed in the girls’ tackling abilities and both teams need to make adjustments when playing in a ruck.

“The boys got a lot of penalties on the ruck, so we are going to go back into the laws and see where they are making mistakes,” said van der Walt. “The rest is mostly ball handling skills and working on getting more aggressive when they have the ball.

“We are proud of all the players that came out to play.”

The Tigers next battle is again on home field this Thursday (April 27), when they face the Crocus Plainsmen. The girls’ team plays at 2 p.m. and the boys’ team plays at 3 p.m..

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Jeremy Bergen
REPORTER
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