A surprise out of Windsor and a forfeit in Port Elgin has moved the Bruce County Barbarians into first place overall in the Niagara Rugby Union A Division.
The Cambridge Pirates, who were sitting one point ahead of Bruce County in the standings, were upset 38-5 by the Windsor Rogues, while the Grimsby Gentlemen were forced to forfeit a 28-0 decision to the Barbs after arriving in Port Elgin with just 10 players. After the weekend developments, Bruce County (10-1) now sits three points ahead of the Pirates in first place.
In Port, though the Gentlemen were forced to forfeit as 12 players are needed for a game, the teams still played an exhibition contest with Bruce County loaning five players to Grimsby for the game.
“Credit must go to their 10 players for travelling the three-hour journey to the game and honouring their fixture,” said coach Martin O’Connor. “This game was played in the competitive spirit…and the spectators in attendance were treated to some really good rugby by Bruce County.”
The Barbs controlled a wide open contest, with Paul Smyth leading the way with three trys. Ian Campbell had a pair, while Alastair Dykstra, Onome Igharoro, Mitch Dillon, Mark Magill and Brock Verlaan each scored once.
The game was the first of four home starts for the Barbs, with a game against the St. Catharines Tigers set for Saturday in Kincardine. That game will begin at 3 p.m. at Kincardine District Secondary School.