Ontario Arrows & Boston Mystics
The Ontario Arrows had a dominant 77-8 win against the Boston Mystics in their home opener at York University on May 5 with the match streamed on the Ontario Arrows YouTube Channel. On April 21, the teams met in Maiden, MA with the Arrows winning 29-19.
With the loss, the Boston Mystics ended their 2018 professional rugby season. Mystic River Rugby Club D1 side will move on next week to play the Norfolk Blues, who defeated Rocky Gorge 29-21 in the USA Rugby D1 Championships at the Fortress in Obetz, Ohio.
Meanwhile, the Ontario Arrows will extend their season against Canada Selects on May 18 in Toronto, ON & on May 26 in Langford, BC in preparation for Canada’s upcoming 2018 Summer Series.
The Ontario Arrows used a 12 try effort to defeat the Boston Mystics 77-8 at York University. Kainoa Lloyd had 4 tries and captain Mike Sheppard had a hat trick in leading the Arrows.
Kainoa Lloyd struck first with a try in the corner for a 5-0 lead. Boston then cut the lead to 5-3 by a penalty kick by Santiago Bertranou.
The Arrows mauled their way in-goal for a Mike Sheppard try and after the conversion by Will Kelly, the score was 12-3. Soon after Kelly slotted a kick pushing the lead to 15-3.
Lloyd added a second try, which was not converted and then Kolby Francis and Mike Sheppard added tries with Kelly converting both for a 34-3 lead at the break.
Early in the second half, Sheppard gained a hat-trick, running through three defenders and Kolby Francis added his second from a line break, with Kelly again converting pushing the lead to 48-3.
Jon West scored after a sustained possession with Kelly bouncing the ball off the posts and over for the conversion. Lloyd then added a second hat-trick for the Arrow with Kelly converting for a 62-3 lead.
The Arrows scored two more tries by Andrew Wilson and with Lloyd adding his fourth in the corner and the score was 72-3.
Vini Daley broke the assault with a try for the Boston Mystics to cut the lead to 72-8 as the drop goal attempt for the conversion by Matías de Paolis went wide.
In the final minute, Andrew Wilson would gain a second try for the 77-8 victory.
Ontario Arrows & Boston Mystics Squads
Ontario Arrows: 1 Rob Brouwer 2 Jack McRogers 3 Tom Dolezel 4 Mike Sheppard (C) 5 Paul Ciulini 6 Marcello Wainwright 7 Peter Milazzo 8 Kolby Francis 9 10 Will Kelly 11 John Sheridan 12 Mitch Richardson 13 Jon West 14 Kainoa Lloyd 15 Shawn Windsor 16 Cam Sandison 17 Pat Lynott 18 Mike Smith 19 Josh Van Horne 20 Andrew Wilson 21 Alex Gliksten 22 Kyle Lagasca 23 Cooper Coats + Head Coach Chris Silverthorn
Boston Mystics: 1 Dave McKenna, 2 Jeff Laflamme, 3 Pino Maupese, 4 Andrew Burns, 5 Michael Kaivelata, 6 Chris Frazier, 7 Devin Ibanez, 8 Owen Hundt, 9 Ian Luciano, 10 Santiago Bertranou, 11 Vini Daley, 12 Matías de Paolis, 13 Paulo Aukuso, 14 Stephen Dazzo, 15 Jared Collinson 116 Gianni Miceli, 17 Greg Rasmuson, 18 Scott Lucas, 19 Jon Kokinda, 20 Cody Davidowicz, 21 Erik Thompson, 22 Mike Rudzinsky, 23 Adnan Kawuma + Head Coach Josh Smith
Ontario Arrows Schedule
- March 3 at Houston SaberCats (D 28-28) Preview
- March 17 at Rugby United New York (L 36-19) Preview
- April 7 at Utah Warriors (W 24-20) Preview
- April 14 Home vs. Rugby United New York Preview (Canceled Ice)
- April 21 at Boston Mystics (W 29-19) Preview
- May 5 Home vs. Boston Mystics (W 77-8) Preview
- May 18 vs Canada Selects in Toronto, ON
- May 26 vs Canada Selects in Langford, BC
Boston Mystic River Schedule
- March 24 at Rugby United New York (L 50-0) Preview
- March 31 vs. Rugby United New York (L 42-24) Preview with Mar. 24 recap
- April 21 vs. Ontario Arrows (L 29-19) Preview
- May 5 at Ontario Arrows (L 77-8) Preview (York Lions Stadium)