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Defence perfect as men’s rugby hits playoffs

Jessica Dempsey 
Sports Reporter

Humber’s men’s rugby team head into the postseason undefeated, having yet to allow their opponents to score a point.

The Hawks are on top of the Ontario College Athletics Associate (OCAA) West division, for the fourth year, being the only team to win all six games.

Johnny Sheridan, last season’s OCAA West Rookie of the Year, said the main goal isn’t to just win.

“As we have been beating teams, obviously, by a large margin of points it isn’t about winning any more. It’s more about keeping the zero on the field. So it’s a standard that we are all playing to, to keep that zero throughout the whole playoffs, to the end,” Sheridan said.

The team had the best points differential in the league, scoring 278 more points than the next best team, Algonquin College.

“With our offence we try to relate to each other. We try to work together, run together when we can, and just work as hard as we possibly can when we are out here. We don’t try to slack. No playsoff, no days off,” said first-year winger Jordan Reid.

Sheridan mentioned that it was the support on and off the field that helps the team put up big numbers.

They finished their season with a 100-0 win over Algonquin on Oct. 18.

The team will play Fleming College Knights (4-2), who they have not faced this season, in the semifinal match up.

The Hawks had two weeks to prepare.

The team is out on the field practicing every day, and trying to improve, said team captain and prop Jason Rice.

“We still have weaknesses to our game. We are trying to fix those, so that we can play a complete game when it comes to semifinals. It doesn’t matter who we are playing against we just want to put the best product out there that we can,” said Rice.

The men’s rugby team has won the OCAA provincial gold four years in a row. The system is the same as last year except for the team being half rookies, but everyone has bought into the system, said front, John Zutautas, third-year varsity player.

“We have some core guys from last year who definitely stepped up, and helped the rookies and showed them the ropes,” said Zutautas.

Tomorrow, the Hawks will start their playoff run for a fifth consecutive championship at home.

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