Druids tongue-tried for 50 by Canucks

 

Canucks winger, Hosam Mobaruk scores the first of his three tries against the Strathcona Druids at Calgary Rugby Park.
© J. Ashley Nixon

A hat trick of tries by Canucks winger Hosam Mobarak tied up the Strathcona Druids in their Division 1 game at Calgary Rugby Park on Saturday. The scoreline began in favour of the Sherwood Park visitors after 18 minutes when the Druids fly half picked up a dropped ball 30 m from his own line to run down the pitch and score. Five minutes later, the Canucks forwards capitalized on a yellow card and penalty to the Druids, setting up a rolling ruck from the line out to go over for a try in the left corner.

Mobarak’s first try came after 27 minutes, running hard 40 m out through two attempted tackles to touch down. At the break it was 10-5 to the Canucks.

Canucks prop Logan Jones put on the jets three minutes into the second half to take a well-timed pass from centre, Derek Arnold and plunge through several tackles to score. Full-back Connor Tweed ran in another try after 11 minutes and with the conversions, the score moved on to 24-5. The Druids were not done though, scoring their own try five minutes later. That was the spell to trigger the Canucks into action.

Mobarak got his second try after 24 minutes then made it a hat trick shortly after. He almost got a fourth but for a forward pass.  Two more tries, by Trea Hande and Ruairi O’Farrell, both under the posts were converted to make the final score Canucks 50-10 Druids.

For more photos from this and other games, please visit the Rugby gallery at J. Ashley Nixon Photography

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