Machine men secure second win of rugby season

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Published on August 10, 2014

The Machine came out strong against Caledonia Aug. 9, and held on to win the bout 45-33.

Published on August 10, 2014

This Hants County rugby player looks to evade a Caledonia player during the opening minutes of action Aug. 9 in Windsor.

Published on August 10, 2014

This Machine player looks for some back up as he's tackled by Caledonia rugby players.

Published on August 10, 2014

This Machine player braces for impact as he's hit by an oncoming Caledonia player.

Published on August 10, 2014

Captain Ian Duey steals the ball from a Caledonia player during the game in Windsor Aug. 9. Duey was injured shortly after this play in the first half of the game.

Published on August 10, 2014

Axel Lawrence wins this throw-in for the Machine. Lawrence had a superb game Aug. 9, scoring two tries and making five conversions.

Published on August 10, 2014

This Hants County Machine braces for impact as Caledonia rugby players attempt to take him down Aug. 9.

Published on August 10, 2014

The Hants County Machine struggled a bit in the first part of the second half but regained their momentum to win the Aug. 9 match against Caledonia 45-33.

Published on August 10, 2014

Josh Baker avoids being tackled as he made his way towards the Caledonia goal line. Baker scored three tries for the Machine during their Aug. 9 win.

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This wall of Caledonia rugby players was no match for Derrick Corbett, who powered through to score a try for the Machine. This was the second try Corbett scored during the Aug. 9 home game.

Published on August 10, 2014

The Machine's head coach commended the team's young players for really stepping up to help them win Aug. 9.

Published on August 10, 2014

Josh Baker avoids being tackled as he goes in to score against Caledonia. Baker scored three tries for the Machine during their Aug. 9 win.

Resilience was the word of the day following the Hants County Machine's weekend win over Caledonia.

The men came out strong against the visiting team in the opening minutes of play Aug. 9, scoring three tries in relatively quick succession. The team then lost some momentum after one of their own was injured, but regained their footing in the second half to win it 45-33.

Scoring tries for the hometown team were Josh Baker, with three, and Derrick Corbett and Axel Lawrence with two each. Lawrence also made five of seven converts.

Following the game, head coach Godfrey Kenny said they know what they need to work on heading into their game against the P.E.I Mudmen this coming weekend.

“It was sort of frustrating because we let them back into the game. We were up 21-0, and then they came back and scored three tries. It was 21-18 at half-time,” he said of Saturday's home game. “They shouldn't have been that close.”

In the second half, Caledonia scored the first try and then the Machine rallied to secure the victory.

“We really had to come back from behind. It was a much tougher game than what it should've been but at least we had the resilience to win it.”

Kenny credited the younger players for stepping up and also for playing in positions they weren't accustomed to.

“I thought Josh Baker had a great game. He finished off some lovely tries; made some brilliant tackles,” said Kenny, who also highlighted the leadership and play of Corbett, who “was brilliant getting around the pitch” and captain Ian Duey, who showed “some good leadership” before being injured.

Adam Boyd, who is currently sidelined due to a concussion, said there are several players out with injuries. He said the team is hopeful to have some members back in the line up in time for their road trip to the island.

“I know our first three games of the year, we had 25 guys at every one of them to play,” said Boyd. On Saturday, there were about eight missing, which was mostly due to injuries.

When reviewing their match against Caledonia, Boyd also said it boiled down to the “resilience” of the players on the pitch.

“There was quite a stretch where they were taking it to us and we were on our heels and we weren't making our tackles. We hung in there and either kept it close or stayed in the lead. We just prevailed in the end,” said Boyd.

Heading into the home stretch, the team has two games remaining. They will take on the Mudmen Aug. 16 and will then host Pictou County for their final game of the season Aug. 23 at the King's-Edgehill pitch.

The Machine have a record of two wins and three losses, with two of their defeats being incredibly close matches. They lost their home opener 60-24 to the Truro Saints, then lost 29-20 to the Dartmouth Pig Dogs. They earned a 38-22 win over the Valley Bulldogs and then lost 22-18 to the Halifax Tars at the end of July.

Boyd said he hopes they will be able to remain in the win column as the season comes to a close.

Stay tuned to the Hants Journal for updates on the remaining games.

 

Organizations: Hants County Machine, Dartmouth Pig Dogs, Hants Journal Hants County Machine Rugby Football Club Halifax Tars PEI Mudmen Valley Bulldogs King's-Edgehill School

Geographic location: Caledonia, King's-Edgehill School, PEI Nova Scotia Windsor Hants County West Hants

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