(CHATHAM-, ON) – A large family crowd enjoyed a bonus spectacle of rugby Saturday as Windsor travelled to Chatham for a hastily arranged game, following cancellations by both teams’ scheduled visitors.
The Havoc were keen to keen to keep a scheduled event running as hospitality had been arranged for the local Community Living organization, so the match was pulled together with the Rogues, who were equally as keen to blow off the cobwebs from a two week hiatus.
The Rogues were also looking to prepare for a possible championship deciding game next week.
The Rogues dominated play and territory early in the first half, winning ball in set pieces and open play. But, they were kept at bay by a strong Havoc defence.
The scoring was eventually opened by Spencer Bryant weaving through for 5 points near the posts. Shortly afterwards, a quick penalty taken by scrum half Harry White was dished to Chris Shaw, who crashed through for the Rogues second try.
Windsor’s tempo continued to increase and the scoring mounted by both sides. The gap steadily widened, however, in the second half with new Rogue Patrick Manyewe showing his speed and manoeuverability on the wing for two tries.
Despite a steady assault, by the forwards on the Havoc line, the only score for the pack came as Scott Murphy crashed through, and Bryant added a further try to his points tally. The unerring boot of Chris Shaw added 10 points from a possible 12 in conversions.
Rogues Man of the Match award deservedly went to Patrick Manyewe.
The next Rogues game is at Norfolk Harvesters, last season’s league winners, on July 16.