CK edges Middleton in boys’ rugby

John Decoste
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The Central Kings Gators narrowly defeated Middleton 29-22 May 13 in boys’ rugby action. – John DeCoste,

Like any school sport, high school rugby has its share of lopsided scores, but it can also see some very competitive games as well.

When the Central Kings boys hosted Middleton May 13 in Cambridge, the latter was definitely the case as the Gators left the field with a narrow 29-22 victory.

CK’s Ben Best scored a try on what turned out to be the final play of the game, which Lukas Kane then successfully converted to account for the final margin of victory.

The game was as close as the 22-22 score prior to that play would suggest. Middleton opened the scoring in the first half on a try by Zach Beaton, with Jose Ruiz adding the convert.

CK then got on the board on a try by Clayton Sawler, but the convert attempt failed. The Gators then took the lead on a try by Jordan Seyforth, but the convert attempt was once again unsuccessful, leaving Central Kings with a 10-7 halftime lead.

After the intermission, Middleton regained the lead on an unconverted try by Sean Lachance, making it 12-10 for the visitors. CK came back, taking the lead at 15-12 on an unconverted try by Kane. Sam Jennings then broke away to score a try on a long run, and this time, Kane’s convert was good to increase the lead to 22-12.

Middleton, however, was not finished for the day. Lachance tallied his second try of the afternoon, and Ruiz was good on the convert to pull Middleton to within three.

Ruiz then was good on a kick from the field, good for three points to tie the score, setting the stage for Best’s late heroics, which earned him his team’s Helmet Award as the player of the game.

See a slideshow of photos from the game at

Geographic location: Cambridge

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