North Nova shut out Northumberland in first meeting of the season

Christopher Cameron
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North Nova Gryphon Cole Livingstone breaks through a pair of Northumberland Nighthawks during Thursday NSSAF boys rugby action in New Glasgow. NNEC defeated NRHS in their first meeting of the season.

NEW GLASGOW – Nobody is perfect, nor will they ever be.

Northumberland Nighthawks coach John Rushton just wants his team to keep getting better and become more consistent. In Thursday’s 54-0 loss to North Nova he said they had a handful of new players in their lineup, which made it difficult to carry things forward from their win last Thursday against Truro.

There were also some players moved into positions they had yet to play before because of the new additions to their roster.

“I think our defence was really bad today and against CEC it was really good, but we have so many guys in and out of the lineup it’s hard for us to have a consistent game and consistent flow,” he said. “I’m hopeful for the second half of the season after some of these new guys get some experience and once we get some of our injured players back. We’re kind of in a rut right now, but I’m sure we’ll come out of it.”

Eric MacLeod led the Gryphons offensively in the game with two trys and six converts.

Mark Vokey, Ryan Chabassol and Luke Grant all scored single trys for North Nova, while Cole Livingstone scored two. Darryl Wheadon had a try and a convert.

“We were more than happy with everything we worked on,” said Christian Frosst. “We worked on our pods well and a few other things. Our forwards ran strong and our backs were doing sick. Everybody put in 110 per cent effort and it was great.”

North Nova led 19-0 after the first half, but it was in the second half that their offence started to poke larger holes in Northumberland’s defence as they scored 35 points.

“I think we probably took about 20 penalties today and that was just inexperienced penalties from some of the new players we had in the lineup,” said Rushton. “Overall I think the new players played well, but they’re going to take penalties until they’re more familiar with the game and how it’s played.”

Next week Northumberland’s boys and girls teams will host Hants East at home, while North Nova’s teams will host CEC before both schools travel to P.E.I. for a tournament. Rushton said the tournament will be important, especially for their new players, although it will be used to help prepare the team as a whole for the final stretch.

“Today was a learning experience and we said that coming into the game,” he said. “We were looking to get all of our new guys into the game, which we did, and we’re looking to turn that corner at P.E.I. Hopefully we can because we have a very young team still, so we’re looking to turn that corner in P.E.I.”

At 4 p.m. today the North Nova and Northumberland girls rugby teams will play in New Glasgow, their first meeting of the season. The Gryphons are coming off a 37-0 win over Hants East, while the Nighthawks lost 15-10 on Tuesday to J.H. Gillis.

On Twitter: @NGNewsChris

Geographic location: North Nova, Northumberland, P.E.I. Hants East New Glasgow

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