Junior Rock wins national rugby championship

John Browne
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Patrick McNicholas slotted a penalty with two minutes left to play to give Newfoundland Rock a 13-10 win over Vancouver Wave in the Rugby Canada junior (under-20) national final Saturday at Swilers Complex in St. John's.

Newfoundland player Kyle Baillie (left) receives a pass from teammate Jordan Power as Power is taken down by a British Columbia player Saturday afternoon during their win in the Rugby Canada Junior(under 20) National Championship at Swilers Field.

McNicholas kicked a pair of penalties and converted Zac Coughlan's try for Newfoundland which picked up its first win ever against a B.C. opponent at any level of the game.

Kevin Gurniak and Cody Thistle had a try each for B.C. Junior Rock led 7-5 at the half.

The Wave missed a penalty kick on the final play of the game which, if successful, would have sent the match into overtime.

For more details on the game see Monday's print edition of The Telegram.


Organizations: The Telegram

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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Recent comments

  • AL
    August 01, 2010 - 15:34

    Aubrey & Bill - A group of dedicated young NL athletes win a national title in front of hundreds of thrilled fans and you feel a need to post these comments. How truly sad! Congratulations to The Junior Rock Team. You made us proud!

  • ADAM
    August 01, 2010 - 15:15

    How about both you lads step foot on a rugby pitch at the national level and then decide if it's a sport or not. You'll be licking your wounds, with your tails between your legs, all the way back to your respective couches. Congrats to the Junior Rock, well done boys.

  • Bridget
    August 01, 2010 - 13:15

    Obviously, neither of you have seen a game of understand what the sport of rugby is. Nay-saying a sport that you aren't informed enough to understand is insulting to the elite athletes that played a fantastic game on Saturday. Canada is ranked 14th in the world; competing at the national level, let alone being the champion, is not something to scoff at.

  • Sports fan
    August 01, 2010 - 12:32

    to Aubrey and Bill, Relly guys, you should take the time to learn about a sport (any sport) before condemning it. If you don't like it, for cripes sake DON'T READ IT OR JUST IGNORE IT. These young athletess work as hard at their sport as any other athlete, hockey, baseball, curling, basketball, etc. if you can't say anything nice, then say nothing at all, or did your mothers not teach you anything?

  • barry
    August 01, 2010 - 11:54

    this players are in the best shape and it takes alot of skill and toughness to play this sport

  • Bill
    August 01, 2010 - 09:25

    Aubrey, its a silly game played by so-called athletes who aren't good enough play real sports. These guys beat 2 or 3 teams around Canada and are National Champions!!! You can tell by the few fans in the background how exciting this game really is. The more attention that is drawn to this sport, the sillier it looks. When is hockey starting?

    • Dave
      August 01, 2010 - 12:50

      Hey Bill and Aubrey, Have you ever played this sport??? You have no clue. Its one of the oldest sports on the planet next to Soccer and for once Newfoundland are U20 champs, before you make stupid comments learn the game or get off the couch.

  • Aubrey
    July 31, 2010 - 22:16

    A player kicked a pair of penalties ? A player converted another player's try ? A player slotted a penalty ? Two players each had a try ? Like, what is this $hit all about ?