Coming off a crushing win vs Trois Rivières the boys traveled to St Jean sur Richelieu to pick up a hard earned 14-10 victory away from home.
The first half saw an extremely neutral game played in the middle of the park. Both teams had sniffs at the line but could not capitalize at the start. Aggressive kicking for territory and a few clever chips headlined the action until “Pretty Boy” Phil Bourassa received a perfect pass from Captain Chris Boky to score easily on the wing and break the deadlock. The team was jubilant after scoring his second try in 3 games, yet Pretty Boy Bourassa’s excitement was masked by his usual blank stare. When asked post game why he was not excited, Bourassa elected to give us the same blank stare and not answer the question. Romanian native Tsvetan “the bulge” Petkov made good on his attempt from the corner at an impossible angle to give the Men a 7-0 lead. The Barbs defense fell short as St Jean broke through to threaten the barbs lead going into half 7-5.
Other highlights included a rare cameo appearance by Coach Jimmy who took part in most of the half at the 10 position. What he lacked in fitness he made up for in cursing at the other players in true Scottish fashion. At the 30 minute mark, Jimmy substituted himself almost immediately as he saw fit to replace one chubby Scotsman with another: Jackson Sim.
The second half was characterized by strong defense from the Barbs until once again St Jean broke through to take the lead and command of the game with a quarter of the game remaining. The Men continued battling hard, making strong runs on the wing but were often denied at the goaline by their own mistakes. Finally with 3 minutes remaining, Soufiane Taydi pummeled his way through to score the try to seal victory for the men on the day.
Bonehead honors went to “Twinkles” Micheletti who kicked the ball out of bounds on the final play off a penalty awarded to the barbs. Thinking the game was over he jumped for joy like a five year old schoolgirl only to be denied by the ref who decided not to end the game on the penalty and allow the lineout to ensue. The barbs having struggled in the lineouts all game long gave up the ball and were forced to play desperate defense in the final seconds. Luckily for twinkles, no damage was done and the barbs escaped with victory.
Man of the match award went to Hozaifa “Hoza” Dekis who made monstrous and timely tackles along with excellent runs on the wing. Also his hair remained in perfect condition all game long.
The undefeated Barbs will host the league leaders Kingston in what is to be the clash of the top two teams in the division on June 15 at Westwood Park.