Pack In Drivers Seat With Win Over Rock

557
Prairie Wolf Pack logo

Sept 19,2014(ISN) – The Wolf Pack have taken a huge step forward to their first ever Canadian Rugby Championship title with a decisive 31 – 10 away victory over the Rock. This was a vital match for a Wolf Pack side who have championship aspirations. A loss, or even just a non-bonus point victory, would have been a huge setback in their title hopes. Instead they now head to Peterborough in control of their own destiny.

It was vital that the Pack did not look past the Rock today, and they didn’t. As expected the Rock put up much stiffer resistance then they did in Calgary, but the cohesiveness and the determination of the Pack’s forwards saw them home to victory. The Rock had named five new starters in their forwards and proved to be a far more competitive side at the breakdown, as well as around the park in general. They fought for every inch of territory on the pitch and never gave up, but were unable to break the Pack’s line of defence, except on one occasion. The Pack, however, would cross the Rock’s try line four times. Eventually scoring the, all important, fourth try in the final minute of the match, when victory was already assured.

It was the Pack’s forwards that saw them home to victory today, as all four of the Pack’s tries came from the pack. Three of the four tries, which included the aforementioned vital fourth try from Captain Kyle Gilmour, came from the backrow. The Pack’s backrowers were the deciders tonight. Clayton Panga opened the scoring for the Pack in the first half. Jeremy Kyne would then score a nice try off the base of the scrum later in the half and the trifecta of tries from them was finished off with the crucial try from Gilmour near the end of match. Houlihan would be the only non-backrower to cross the try line for the Pack, early in the second half. Meanwhile, McRorie would keep up his excellent kicking stats buy converting all four Pack tries and also converting on a penalty.

Of equal importance in this win, was the strong defense from the Pack, which was able to keep this match from being too close. Only once did the Rock cross the Pack’s try line, which was also converted. Whenever the Rock were able to break through the Pack’s defensive line the cover D were able to get back on a consistent basis. The Pack would also only concede one converted penalty in this match too. It should also be mentioned that this was only the Pack’s third victory on the rock and Gilmour’s first as captain.

Peter Houlihan and Kyle Gilmour were the two key standouts for the Pack tonight. Meanwhile, both James Smith and Evan Olmstead most likely solidified their selection for the Americas Rugby Championship side. Both Smith and Olmstead continued their terrific first season with the Pack by again delivering solid performances tonight. Winger Adam Bontus, who launched a vital counterattack for the Pack that lead to a key try, also put his name up for selection for the ARC. Clayton Panga, who quietly has had a stellar season, also crossed the line for a try and should have forced his name into some discussion for possible selection.

Wolf Pack young hooker, Matt Harrison, also had another strong game for the Pack. While only being 19, he has come a long way in his first season with the Pack and a call up for the ARC might not be out of the question. His work around the pitch and his place in the set piece were both excellent again.

Next up for the Pack is the trip to Ontario to face the Blues. This will be no easy task, but if the Pack can win with a bonus point on Sunday, and deny the Blues a bonus point, they will win the championship for the first time in their history. The match against the Blues is this Sunday at 1 PM Local time, 11 AM MT, and a live stream should be available. Meanwhile, the Rock will finish up their CRC campaign with home games against the Bears, on Sunday, and the Blues next Saturday.

Score:
Wolf Pack 31 – 10 Rock

Wolf Pack:
Tries: Peter Houlihan, Clay Panga, Jeremy Kyne, Kyle Gilmour
Conversions:McRorie (4)
Penalty: McRorie

Rock:
Tries: Ben Harris

Conversion: Ciaran Hearn
Penalty: Ciaran Hearn

Wolf Pack line up:
1. Peter Houlihan
2. Matt Harrison
3. James Smith
4. Evan Olmstead
5. Ian Huston
6. Clay Panga
7. Kyle Gilmore ©
8. Jeremy Kyne
9. Jake Robinson
10. Gordon McRorie
11. Graham Turner
12. Dustin Macpherson
13. Nick Blevins
14. Adam Bontus
15. Shea O’Hallahan

Replacements
16. Ryan Ackerman
17. Ryan Kotlewski
18. Casey Reed
19. Spencer Massiah
20. Steve Arnold
21. Adam McQueen
22. James Buchanan
23. John Moloney

Atlantic Rock line up:
1. FRANK WALSH
2. OWEN PARFREY – CAPT
3. BOB ROGERS
4. JUSTIN MEYERS
5. BRAD LESTER
6. KYLE BAILLIE
7. MIKE HAMSON
8. 8 ZAC COUGHLAN
9. TONY POMEROY
10. BEN HARRIS
11. ROBERT WILSON
12. COLIN ALEXANDER
13. CIARAN HEARN
14. PATRICK MCNICHOLAS
15. ALEX ROGERS

Replacements
16. JORDON POWER
17. STEVE CUTCLIFFE
18. ALEX FORREST
19. CHRIS BROWNE
20. ALEX CALON
21. ADAM PAUL
22. TIM HART
23. MORGAN LOVELL

Your sports. Your teams. The ISN Daily Digest.

Sign up to the ISN Daily Digest and sit back while we pick the previous day’s best headlines and speed them straight to your inbox every morning.
Email address
First Name*
We abide by all applicable emailing laws including 100% CAN-SPAM/CASL/US CAN-SPAM Act compliance. No spam!