Hants County Machine lose close home opener to Dartmouth

Carole Morris-Underhill editor@hantsjournal.ca
Published on July 5, 2015
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<p>The Machine brace for impact as a Dartmouth Pig Dog puts everything he's got into a tackle July 4.</p>

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<p>Jacob Zelman goes for the takedown while Jesse Lawrence comes in for back up during the Machine's July 4 match against the Dartmouth Pig Dogs.</p>

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<p>Fede Cisneros dives towards the goal line, touching the ball down just in time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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<p>Evan Chambers and Matt Foster team up to take down this Dartmouth Pig Dog July 4.</p>

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<p>Josh Baker holds on tight as he's taken down by a Dartmouth Pig Dog.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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<p>This Machine rugby player braces for impact as he's tackled from behind.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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<p>This Machine rugby player attempts to pass the ball to a teammate during the second half of the July 4 rugby match.</p>

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<p>The Machine's Matt Foster was a force to be reckoned with on the rugby pitch July 4. He's pictured here attempting to tackle a visiting Pig Dogs player.</p>

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<p>It frequently required a couple of Machine rugby players to take down some of the Dartmouth Pig Dog members.</p>

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<p>Evan Chambers dekes in an attempt to best this oncoming Pig Dog.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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WINDSOR – It was a home opener that could've went either way for the hometown Hants County Rugby Football Club.

Unfortunately for the Machine, they couldn't pull off a win over the visiting Dartmouth Pig Dogs, losing 29-13.

From the Machine, we had some very excellent kick offs. I think we won just about every one of them and the ones that we didn't win, we turned over on a knock on, which is really excellent. That doesn't happen very often,” said Ryan Alguire, the Machine's coach for 2015.

However, they couldn't capitalize on some of their chances, were “grossly outweighed in the scrums,” and gave up too many scoring opportunities.

“We were excellent when we had the ball in our possession but we struggled to get back on the transitions from offence to defence, which cost us,” said Alguire.

“It was basically our game to lose and unfortunately we did lose it because we gave up the opportunities and made the mistakes and they capitalized on them.”

Alguire highlighted the play of the Pig Dogs' No. 10 and their stand off, while also noting that the Machine's No. 10 also played well.

“So did our No. 4, Matthew Foster. He came off one time there with blood all over him and he went back in and just had a terrific game,” said Alguire.

This is the first year for Alguire to coach the Machine, having formerly played with the Valley Bulldogs and the provincial team.

On July 8, the Valley Bulldogs are set to arrive in Windsor for a match at 7 p.m.

The Machine will travel to Pictou County July 19 for a 1 p.m. start.

The Machine lost their first game of the season in Cape Breton to the Caledonia RFC on June 27 by a score of 44-38.