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Brandon Barbarians Jamee George, left, fights for the ball during Rugby Manitoba action against the Sturgeon Creek Rowdies Saturday afternoon at John Reilly Field. The Rowdies beat Brandon 48-19.
The Brandon Barbarians women’s rugby team struggled to contain the Sturgeon Creek Rowdies during rucks and it cost them big time on Saturday at John Reilly Field.
The Rowdies broke through the Barbarians defence on numerous occasions as they cruised to a 48-19 Rugby Manitoba victory. A lot of the Rowdie tries came from rucks and breaking through the pillar and post to the open field on the other side, as the Barbarians dropped to 1-3 in the Division 1 standings.
Kayla Bauche, a 23-year-old flank, wasn’t happy with the loss, but she has faith that her squad can clean up their mistakes during their final two regular season games.
"It’s pretty disappointing, but we’re working on it. We’ll get it next game," she said. "… I feel if we practise hard enough then we can definitely make it to the final. It really just comes down to the semifinals, which I think by then we should work out all our kinks and figure it all out."
All four Division 1 women’s teams make the semifinals, and the final will be played in Brandon.
Bauche, Jamee George and Anna Donohoe all scored tries for the Barbarians, with Steph Dornn supplying a pair of conversions.
Brandon’s Division 2 men’s team didn’t fare much better on Saturday, falling 24-15 to the Steinbach Thistles. Stu Dyck, Tyler Jury and Jessie Garden touched the ball down for the Barbarians, who have been eliminated from playoff contention.
Barbarians head coach Jon Fitzpatrick would have liked the squad to make the post-season and appear in the league final in the Wheat City, but he’s hopeful the other two programs will make it that far.
"It’s always disappointing, especially with finals being here," he said. "We are hoping to have two teams in it, but we’re still building that program. We’ve had some ups and downs over the season and we just haven’t gotten wins when we needed them."
Meanwhile, Brandon’s Division 1 men’s team beat the Winnipeg Wanderers by default. The Wanderers forfeited the game because they didn’t have enough players.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 9, 2013