Last Wednesday the Totems senior boys rugby squad squared off against Rick Hansen high school. Hansen brought some large boys, being primarily a football school, however, this did not phase the Aldergrove boys in the least. Hansen managed to put the first points on the board despite some heroic defence from Doug Saunders in the centres.
The Totems pressured Hansen through the first half with some penetrating runs from forwards Kurtis Winder and Mike Head. Nick Waterman made a great pick up off the deck and charged over the line, scoring right beside the posts for an easy convert.
Hansen took the lead heading into the second half. With renewed vigor, the Totems amped up the attack and patiently pressured Hansen back into their own end. Unable to handle the onslaught from the Totems, Hansen drew a penalty on their 22 metre line. A quick tap and a couple sidesteps put Connor Hunter in the try zone. The Totems were back in it!
Austin Desouza did a great job hammering rucks and Alex Rivards’ hammers were nearly unstoppable. The Totems did a great job of getting themselves in good position which forced Hansen to take penalties. Connor Hunter’s boot was on form from anywhere in Hansen’s end and slotted all penalty attempts and converts on the day.
The score came level on three separate times throughout the second half but a quick break down the wing in the final minute allowed Hansen to squeak by with the win. The final score was ACSS 24 to Rick Hansen 27. Nick Waterman got the try of the game and Colton Bardal earned the “crunch” award for a vicious open field hit. Connor Hunter got Man of the Match for decisive control from the flyhalf spot and a perfect kicking game.
The Totems were looking forward to a match against Southridge at press time. They will also be taking part in the Fraser Valley Sevens Tournament this Friday, April 7 at Semiahmoo.