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Hants County's Machine men register first playoff game victory


WINDSOR – The Hants County Machine men's rugby team has their sights set on Saturday's playoff game against the Halifax Tars.

A win would mean the Nova Scotia final will be played in Windsor at the beginning of October. A loss would mean the end of their playoff run.

Head coach Ryan Alguire said they would be practicing hard leading up to the Sept. 24 game at King's-Edgehill School.

A win isn't out of the question for the Machine, as they defeated the Tars twice during the regular season – 23-22 in their season opener and 30-25 a few games later.

“They will be in the very fortunate position of having some additions to their team given university being back in,” said Alguire. “They're really lucky that way. We just hope that it's fair in the sense of who is coming back and their calibre. Hopefully they're not out of our division. But if they are, we will just deal with it.”

Game time is 4:30 p.m.

 

 

Playoff Game 1 highlights

On Sept. 18, the Machine defeated Caledonia to advance to the next round of playoffs.

The final was 17-5.

“It was really close there for a bit. We played 35 minutes without a score,”said Alguire.

Nathan Lake scored the try, while team captain Axel Lawrence made the conversion. Lawrence then added a penalty to make the score 10-0 at the half.

“We started the second half really poorly, really flat,” said Alguire. They were also contending with windy, rainy weather.

Caledonia scored to make it 10-5, and the Machine kicked back into action.

“We were down in our end with them in a position to score three times and all three times we had excellent defensive play by a few individuals,” said Alguire, who noted veteran rugby player Ian Duey was 'outstanding'.

“Before he came off the field, he was able to turn one over, which is an awesome defensive play,” said Alguire. “It's one of those ones in a stadium of 80,000 people, they'd go just as wild for a play like that as they do for a try. He certainly deserves a lot of credit for that.”

Alguire said that gave the team the momentum they needed to win it.

Connor Sheehan then scored a memorable try, and Lawrence added the conversion.

“We were all expecting a kick but he just used his boots in another way and put the cleats to the grass and did about a 95-metre run to put us securely at 17-5,” said Alguire of Sheehan's run.

Alguire said another key player during their first playoff game victory was Luke MacInnis – a high schooler.

“He's the hooker so he's right in the middle of it. He shows very little fear. He's absolutely awesome in the loose. He made such an impact when he came in,” said Alguire.

The coach said he'll be looking for continued strong play from the entire team as they head into the Sept. 24 game.

A win would mean the Nova Scotia final will be played in Windsor at the beginning of October. A loss would mean the end of their playoff run.

Head coach Ryan Alguire said they would be practicing hard leading up to the Sept. 24 game at King's-Edgehill School.

A win isn't out of the question for the Machine, as they defeated the Tars twice during the regular season – 23-22 in their season opener and 30-25 a few games later.

“They will be in the very fortunate position of having some additions to their team given university being back in,” said Alguire. “They're really lucky that way. We just hope that it's fair in the sense of who is coming back and their calibre. Hopefully they're not out of our division. But if they are, we will just deal with it.”

Game time is 4:30 p.m.

 

 

Playoff Game 1 highlights

On Sept. 18, the Machine defeated Caledonia to advance to the next round of playoffs.

The final was 17-5.

“It was really close there for a bit. We played 35 minutes without a score,”said Alguire.

Nathan Lake scored the try, while team captain Axel Lawrence made the conversion. Lawrence then added a penalty to make the score 10-0 at the half.

“We started the second half really poorly, really flat,” said Alguire. They were also contending with windy, rainy weather.

Caledonia scored to make it 10-5, and the Machine kicked back into action.

“We were down in our end with them in a position to score three times and all three times we had excellent defensive play by a few individuals,” said Alguire, who noted veteran rugby player Ian Duey was 'outstanding'.

“Before he came off the field, he was able to turn one over, which is an awesome defensive play,” said Alguire. “It's one of those ones in a stadium of 80,000 people, they'd go just as wild for a play like that as they do for a try. He certainly deserves a lot of credit for that.”

Alguire said that gave the team the momentum they needed to win it.

Connor Sheehan then scored a memorable try, and Lawrence added the conversion.

“We were all expecting a kick but he just used his boots in another way and put the cleats to the grass and did about a 95-metre run to put us securely at 17-5,” said Alguire of Sheehan's run.

Alguire said another key player during their first playoff game victory was Luke MacInnis – a high schooler.

“He's the hooker so he's right in the middle of it. He shows very little fear. He's absolutely awesome in the loose. He made such an impact when he came in,” said Alguire.

The coach said he'll be looking for continued strong play from the entire team as they head into the Sept. 24 game.

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