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Hants County Machine register big win over Dartmouth Pigdogs


WINDSOR – The Hants County Machine's women's rugby team recorded their first victory in over a year – and they couldn't be happier.

The Division 2 team took on the Division 1 Dartmouth Pigdogs June 25 in a cross-over match and through perseverance and teamwork, eked out a 41-34 win.

“I think we did really well. We stuck together as a team. It was a really hot day but nobody gave up,” said Sarah Boudreau, one of the co-captains this year.

Boudreau said the team's front row did 'amazing' and noted Natalie Silver gave it her all.

“We had some really good inside centres and outside centres,” she said, highlighting the play of Mariah Smith and Jessie Bryan. “They just ran hard with the ball and in contact, they were fearless. They were awesome.”

The Dartmouth Pigdogs are known for their strong forward pack – so the sunny Saturday victory was a sweet one for the Machine.

“I think we actually held our own with their forward pack in the scrums, which is a huge accomplishment for us.”

Although the team had reason to celebrate, Boudreau said they're keeping themselves grounded as they set their sights on the next game.

“We just want to continue on and keep playing hard and moving forward and try to keep this winning streak going,” said Boudreau. “I think the key is to continue working as a team and not get too caught up in just one win.”

 

Men's division

The Machine men have had a strong start to the season, defeating the Halifax Tars 23-22 on June 18 and then Caledonia RFC on June 25 by a score of 24-22.

 

Upcoming games

There are two home games this coming weekend, with the women's club playing July 3 at 1 p.m. and the men's team at 3 p.m. Both games are against the Halifax Tars and will be played at the King's-Edgehill School's rugby pitch.

The men are in action again on July 16 when they host the Dartmouth Pigdogs at 4 p.m.

The Division 2 team took on the Division 1 Dartmouth Pigdogs June 25 in a cross-over match and through perseverance and teamwork, eked out a 41-34 win.

“I think we did really well. We stuck together as a team. It was a really hot day but nobody gave up,” said Sarah Boudreau, one of the co-captains this year.

Boudreau said the team's front row did 'amazing' and noted Natalie Silver gave it her all.

“We had some really good inside centres and outside centres,” she said, highlighting the play of Mariah Smith and Jessie Bryan. “They just ran hard with the ball and in contact, they were fearless. They were awesome.”

The Dartmouth Pigdogs are known for their strong forward pack – so the sunny Saturday victory was a sweet one for the Machine.

“I think we actually held our own with their forward pack in the scrums, which is a huge accomplishment for us.”

Although the team had reason to celebrate, Boudreau said they're keeping themselves grounded as they set their sights on the next game.

“We just want to continue on and keep playing hard and moving forward and try to keep this winning streak going,” said Boudreau. “I think the key is to continue working as a team and not get too caught up in just one win.”

 

Men's division

The Machine men have had a strong start to the season, defeating the Halifax Tars 23-22 on June 18 and then Caledonia RFC on June 25 by a score of 24-22.

 

Upcoming games

There are two home games this coming weekend, with the women's club playing July 3 at 1 p.m. and the men's team at 3 p.m. Both games are against the Halifax Tars and will be played at the King's-Edgehill School's rugby pitch.

The men are in action again on July 16 when they host the Dartmouth Pigdogs at 4 p.m.

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