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Fallbrook Rugby beats Canadian team

FALLBROOK — The Fallbrook High School Rugby Club beat Barrie Central High from Ontario, Canada, 12-5 on Wednesday, February 11.

It was a very physical contest with the Warrior defense making the difference. Barrie Central controlled the ball 70 percent of the time, most of it deep in Fallbrook territory.

Mike Mapston opened the scoring on a short run off of a Central penalty. It was a heads-up play that Mike executes often.

Trevor Krok converted the try to add two more points, making it 7-0.

The Warriors’ second try was on a Cormac Kenan crash. This put the Warriors up 12-5 at the half.

The match was then called at the request of Barrie Central’s head coach. Many of their players were injured and he felt it was in the best interest of their team to concede.

Cormac was picked by Barrie Central as Fallbrook’s “Man of the Match.”

It was the first international match in the short history of Fallbrook Rugby and was a huge boost to the program.

The fans filled 80 percent of the north stands to watch the Warriors beat one of Canada’s strongest high school teams. Also in attendance was Rick Morris, CEO of Disney Sports. Morris enjoyed his first-ever rugby match and the energy of the Fallbrook fans.

Barrie Central’s 14-year record was 221 wins, 10 losses and 1 tie. It now includes 2 additional losses, as the Warriors beat Central again with a score of 5-0 February 13 in the San Diego Invitational Rugby Tournament.

Dylan Newman scored the only try in another hard-fought match, improving their record to 4-0 overall.

Fallbrook Rugby’s next match is February 21 against Cantwell Sacred Heart at 320 North Garfield Avenue in Montebello. The girls kick off at 11 a.m. and the boys start at 1 p.m.


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