The Prairie Wolf Pack ran hard in the opening minutes of the third round Canadian Rugby Championship game against Atlantic Rock to score two tries. The first came from fly-half, Robbie Povey (Calgary Hornets) after 11 minutes. Five minutes later, left winger Jake Bentley took a beautifully timed pass from his centre, Adam Bontus to speed in for a try close to the posts. They were the first points for the Calgary Canucks player in a Pack jersey, who switched to his regular position of scrum half later in the game.
Brett Johnson scored the first try for the Rock after 35 minutes and a late half penalty by Cooper Coats put the score closer, at 17-14, at the interval.
Coats was back on the score sheet ten minutes into the second half with a try that caught the Pack defense struggling to cover left across their line. With his own conversion, the Rock went into the lead, 17-21. Michael Hamson extended the East Coast team’s lead to 17-26 and they went further ahead with a try from Jack McCarthy after 34 minutes.
Just like in their game against Ontario Blues on Sunday, the Wolf Pack put in a strong, late push with tries by Mozac Samson and Robbie Povey, his second of the evening. But it wasn’t quite enough and the Atlantic Rock picked up their first win of the Championship, 29-33.
The two teams compete again for bronze on Saturday at Calgary Rugby Park (5:00 pm MST).
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