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Members of the Pictou County Rugby Club Division 2 men’s team go for the ball as Windsor losses possession during Saturday’s game at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex in New Glasgow. The Division 2 team defeated Windsor 60-14.
NEW GLASGOW – After games on the weekend one Pictou County Rugby Club team is done their regular season, the other has a game remaining, yet the focus this week is the same for both – prepare for the playoffs.
Head coach Scott Taylor said this week the main focus for the Division 2 men’s team will on defensive alignments in preparation for Saturday’s game against Valley.
“We really want to get our defensive alignments back where we want them to prepare for Saturday, but we’re also going to be continuing to work on set plays like we have the last practice or two,” he said. “We also need to get to breakdowns a lot faster than we did against Windsor because if we do that against Valley we’ll be in trouble. Our set pieces, lineouts and scrums were all really good, but we’ll continue to work on those and get the guys to make it to breakdowns one or two seconds faster.”
A win on Saturday will solidify a playoff position for the Division 2 team, while the Division 3 men’s team awaits their first round playoff matchup.
“Saturday is a big game for us for sure and we have to win this game to solidify spot in the playoffs because teams are juggling around right now in the standings,” said Taylor. “It’s a big, big game. We’re going to have to step up to beat Valley, but they’re coming on strong too. We’ll really have to dig in and focus on our game.”
Last weekend the Division 2 team defeated Windsor 60-14 in their final home game of the season.
Scoring trys for Pictou County were: Dana O’Brien (4), John Kirby, Steven MacNeil, Jordan MacNeil, Peter MacLean and Brian Campbell. Kicking converts were: Chris Paddon, Kris Works (2) and Darrell Frazee (2).
In the Division 3 game against Enfield the Pictou County squad lost 29-19. Scoring for the County were: Shawn Frazee, Jordan MacNeil and Cole Livingstone. Evan MacDonald added two converts.
When asked what Taylor thought of the season, for both teams individually and the club as a whole, he said he believes it was a successful year regardless of the end result. He said the club saw tremendous growth and that it will pay off in the coming years.
“I definitely think it was a successful year because we have so many more players in games this year,” he said. “We lost some guys from our Division 2 team from last year so we’ve had new guys in different positions this year that have been playing well and continue to help things move forward for us.
“Last weekend we beat the Halifax TARS after they beat us early in the season, which shows we’re improving at this point in the season and growing towards the playoffs.”
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