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Sean Common of the Brandon Barbarians pulls down Dennis Ng of the Winnipeg Wasps during Rugby Manitoba Division 1 men's action at John Reilly Field on Saturday.
The Brandon Barbarians Division 1 men’s team didn’t show much rust, except for some fatigue late in their Rugby Manitoba game on Saturday at John Reilly Field, as they returned from a long break with a 51-30 victory over the Winnipeg Wasps.
Michael Birch scored three tries and Sean Common added five conversions and two penalty kicks to lead the Barbarians (6-3), who jumped out to a dominating lead before getting tired and giving up a couple tries in the final 20 minutes. Tom Robson, Kent Brown, Cody Pollen and Mason Broadfoot also scored tries for Brandon.
Barbarians head coach Jon Fitzpatrick knew it was important for his team to play well after a six-week break and as they make their final push to finish third in the standings and prepare for the playoffs. He was happy with the result.
"It was a big win," Fitzpatrick said. "Getting some confidence because we haven’t played a lot of rugby in the last six weeks with different breaks and different things. We needed to get out there and get some confidence and get playing around.
"We dressed pretty much our starting lineup as far as playoffs go. It’s the first time our first team has had a true run in a long time, so it was important for the continuity of the group to come and play together."
Meanwhile, the Barbarians women’s team fell 51-30 to the Winnipeg Saracens (3-2) in their Division 1 game. Kayla Bauche had three tries for the Barbs (1-4) with Sarah Peto and Anna Donohoe adding singles. Steph Dornn kicked three conversions.
Brandon’s Division 2 men’s team lost a tight game 39-31 to the Wasps (4-9). Kaij Mychalchuk had a pair of tries for Brandon (5-7), while Josh Sels, Scott McMullan and Barrett Dufor also touched the ball down. Wyatt Rapsky kicked three conversions for the Barbarians.
All three teams will wrap up their regular season on Saturday when they host the Winnipeg Assassins at John Reilly Field.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 16, 2013