Senior men’s Division 2 team open season this weekend
NEW GLASGOW – They will have one of their toughest tests to start the season, but that may be a good thing.
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This weekend the Pictou County Rugby Club men’s Division 2 team will open their season on the road against P.E.I. Pictured is the squad during their home game last year against Windsor, which they won 60-14.
In recent years the Pictou County Rugby Club men’s teams have struggled out of the gate – this year coach Scott Taylor hopes that will change. That may happen as the Division 2 team start their campaign against P.E.I. on Saturday, the same team that beat them in the league final two years ago.
“It’s important to get these guys as fit as possible because that’s what killed us in the past few years,” said Taylor. “We’ve started slow and we haven’t been as fit as the other teams. Once the season progresses we seem to catch up fitness-wise and were able to take over because of our size and our skill. We have to start faster this year for sure and it all comes down to fitness.”
Taylor said they expect a tough game from P.E.I. this weekend and that their goal for the season is to make it back to the final in both Division 2 and 3.
That process is already underway even though they haven’t played a game yet as they have been focusing on their defensive structures, fitness and making sure all their players are on the same page with their current system. Their systems will change throughout the summer, but he added that those decisions would be dictated after a few games are under their belt.
“When I actually get to see them perform I can react and see what I want to coach from there.”
On Sunday the club’s Division 3 team will be in action on the road against Enfield. Having Pictou County add that team last year was a benefit to the club as a whole according to Taylor. He said it didn’t change a lot on the field, other than playing time.
“It doesn’t change too much, other than that we’ll certainly be fighting for positions this summer as far as the guys that make it to practice and are showing up to play, those are the guys that are going to get time in the games,” said Taylor. “That makes it a really good thing for the club because then we can all grow from that and make things better for everybody.”
The new faces also keep coming out and this year on top of more high school boys taking part they’ve also added two players from River John who had never played before. Taylor said they will be big bodies that will help them in the long run as the season progresses.
He also noted that Bryan Campbell and Dan Briggs will be travelling with the Nova Scotia Keltics (senior provincial team) to Newfoundland this weekend, so they won’t be with the Division 2 team on the island.
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