(TIVERTON, ON) – The four hour drive to Tiverton to meet the Barbarians of Bruce County didn’t hamper the energy or enthusiasm of Windsor’s own Rogues. A roster filled with a larger than usual contingent of less experienced players and rookies looked disheartening on paper, but it’s what occurred on the pitch that really mattered.
Once again, Detroit Cobras prop ‘Big’ Jake Johansson, who plays for the Rogues during the Detroit off-season, proved too tough to tackle and thundered to the try zone.
Veteran Craig Weir, as always, was far stronger and formidable than one would think from his smallish stature. All muscle and total determination propelled the hooker to a hard won try. For his efforts, Weir was named the Rogues Man of the Match.
Ben Magri, Jacey Silvaggi, and Gord Sykstus are not big by any stretch of the imagination, but they are as tough as nails and very quick thinking. Their excellent ball handling skills and fast feet brought each of them past the try line one apiece.
With the Rogues two best kickers absent, Sykstus, from South Africa, showed the crowd what he could do when given the chance. He put the boot to the ball and sent it between the posts for three conversions and a further 6 points.
The Rogues remain in 2nd place below the Norfolk Harvesters in the Niagara Rugby Union B Division. They also remain on the road for a July 22 meeting with the Blackswans in Stratford. The Rogues return to Windsor a week later to host London St George at 1:30pm at AKO Park.