Holy Trinity Titans senior and junior teams each went undefeated at the Guelph Centennial Cup rugby tournament on May 3 despite a roster depleted by multiple injuries.
Concussions and a gash to the head are among the injuries suffered by the Titans, who also were hit by food poisoning.
The senior team showed up to the tournament with 16 players, one above the minimum.
Grade 12 student Kyle Major and Silas Johnson, who is in Grade 10, were named tournament MVPs.
“We played the whole tournament with basically no subs,” said Major.
“Going into the first game I was scared because at our last tournament we got blown out of the water,” he said. “During the first game we were tied at halftime and then we got a try, so that built up our momentum after that.”
Each team played three games. Johnson played in all three of the junior games and was subbed in during one of the senior games.
“I didn’t think I was going to get the ball because I just got put on the wing,” said Johnson.
“Yeah, he got the ball and had a good 30 or 40 feet,” said Major.
The junior team had a similar slow start in the beginning of the tournament.
“Because I’m the captain of the team I was trying to make sure everyone was in line, it was a little rough at the beginning. Through the first game we started finding ourselves again,” said Johnson.
The junior team’s second game was against Assumption Catholic Secondary School, who the Titans had recently lost to during an exhibition game.
“It was an important game because we wanted to make up for that loss, and we smoked them,” said Johnson.
Holy Trinity will be playing Waterford District High School at the NSSAA rugby finals on Friday, May 17.