Barbs bury Burlington

Bruce County explodes for 96 points at home

The Bruce County Barbarians got back in the win column with the biggest win in club history.

The Barbs hammered the Burlington Centaurs 96-5 in a one-sided affair in front of a large crowd Saturday afternoon at Kincardine District Secondary School.

Bruce County's Adam Burgess makes a run to the outside during Niagara Rugby Union action Saturday at Kincardine District Secondary School. The Barbarians hammered the visiting Burlington Centaurs 96-5. (Eric Howald photo)

Bruce County is in first place overall in the Niagara Rugby Union with a 5-1 record.

“It was a great performance all around,” said Bruce County coach Martin O’Connor. “Last year our attack was our Achilles heel, we just couldn’t get points on the board…today was a day where it all came together. I’m very proud of my players.”

No question the attack was working.

Bruce County put the game out of reach quick, scoring early and often. The Barbs scored a total of 15 tries on the day, giving up just one.

Oghenekevwe Igharoro scored four tries himself, while Aaron Moore had three. Adam Burgess and Josh Brenner each scored a pair of tries, while single tries went to Steve Bell, Matt Brown, Mitch Dillon and Ian McHaig. Keegan Newsham kicked nine conversions and one penalty.

“Set pieces and offloads started working perfectly,” said O’Connor.

While the Barbarians may be sitting in the league’s top spot, O’Connor said his players can’t afford to relax.

“We’re still not yet at the halfway stage of the season, and we still have eight games to go,” he said. “So we will be very grounded in our approach and take each game as it comes.”

Bruce County is in action again Saturday at 1:30 p.m., playing host to the Hamilton Hornets. As of press time, the venue for the game had yet to be decided. Possibilities include KDSS and Saugeen District Secondary School in Port Elgin. Watch for information.