WINDSOR, N.S. — With one win under their belt, the Hants County Rugby Football Club’s Machine men are hopeful they can build on that success before the season ends.
On July 21, the Machine defeated the Dartmouth PigDogs in dramatic fashion, recording a 19-17 victory.
But the team wasn’t so lucky when they hosted the P.E.I. Hunter’s Ale House Mudmen on Aug. 4.
The Windsor-based rugby team were within scoring distance several times during the hot and humid bout, but were prevented from ever passing the goal line.
Team captain Nathan Lake said the loss wasn't too surprising as the Mudmen always field a strong team.
“It’s a tough side. They have a whole province to field from. They don’t lack numbers,” said Lake following the game.
“They’re organized and big and know what they’re doing, which is always a bonus for a team you’re playing on and not for a team that you’re playing against.”
With the win, the Mudmen remain undefeated and are 5-0 on the season in the Rugby Nova Scotia senior men’s division one league. The final score was 76-0.
There are seven teams in the league, with six hailing from Nova Scotia.
Lake said the Machine are always looking to bolster their roster and he encourages prospective players to reach out or stop by a practice.
“Numbers-wise, it’s been slow. We’re always looking for guys to come out,” said Lake.
Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at King’s-Edgehill School. Inquiries can be sent via the team's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WindsorMachineRugby/) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Machine men are tentatively slated to play the Valley Bulldogs Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. and Pictou RFC on Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. Provincial schedules have yet to be determined.