After a close game at home, the Windsor Hants County Rugby Machine men’s team remains at the top of the standings in their league.
The Machine men narrowly beat Halifax in a 33-30 match at King’s-Edgehill School Aug. 14.
“They were down at half time and had a great comeback to beat HRFC,” said James Hardy, president of the Windsor Hants County Rugby Football Club.
Ian Armour recorded two tries for the Machine. Ian Duey, Tom Hall and Evan Chambers landed one try each and Andrew Hines kicked in four conversions.
As of Monday, Aug. 15, the Machine were in a position to potentially clinch a second-place position in Rugby Nova Scotia’s Division II League.
“It depends on how PEI played this weekend. The standings should be out mid-week or earlier. If PEI lost their games, we could move into second place, but if they won we remain in third,” Hardy said.
There’s a good chance Machine fans will be able to catch the team in action on their home turf again before the season is through.
“If we finish third, we will have a home game for the quarter final. If we could move up in the standings to second place, we would have a home game for the semi-final as well.”
The top six of 11 teams in the league will advance to playoffs. The top two teams automatically advance to semi-finals the weekend of Sept. 17-18. Finals are Oct. 1-2. The location of the games will be determined by rank.
The Machine are scheduled to play their last regular season games this weekend. They will travel to Pictou Saturday, and take on PEI Sunday.