Fresh out of a months-long ban on extracurriculars, Marc Garneau boys’ rugby teams travelled to face the notorious side of Northern Secondary School on the afternoon of 2 April.
After playing through freezing temperatures and unseasonal snow, both the junior and senior Cougars fell to the well-established Northern Red Knights. However, Coach Sutherland was by no means disheartened by the day’s outcome.
“This was the very first time game for many of our players,” said Sutherland. “I think we did really, really well.” Indeed, three members of the MGCI side were newcomers to the sport.
The coach went on to explain that Northern is traditionally one of the best teams in the league, and that the level of competition displayed by the Cougars today has made him optimistic.
Despite missing two key players Rashad Brugmann and Victor Cho, the senior MGCI side kept the Red Knights to four tries.
Players to watch include Eric Su, whom Coach Sutherland described as “the best player on either side” during the juniors’ game. Other players to watch include seniors Baber Bakali and Rigers Rukaj, who both made exciting breaks in the second half.
MGCI’s rugby program may be only a few years old, but the performance of the Cougars today promises an exciting season ahead. The Cougars take to the pitch again next week.