October 3rd had Moncton Black Tide Men hosting Belleisle Rovers for the Thorpe Cup in the New Brunswick Rugby Final. Just like two weeks previous, Black Tide won by a 1 point margin, this time in a 15-14 game.
Black Tide converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute to establish the final lead.
A huge wind at their back allowed Moncton to get out to a 7 point lead at half time off of a multiphase try scored by Damian Murphy. Moncton Man of the Match Mike SLeigh converted the try.
The wind calmed in the second half and scoring increased with a Moncton try by Matt Heaton and 2 tries by Belleisle. Rover Man of the Match Scott Sherwood opened the scoring for Belleisle with an amazing try. His aggressive attacking resulted in a 14-12 score in favour of Belleisle. Pressure from Moncton was rewarded in the the 79th minute Moncton were awarded a penalty in front of the Rover goal posts.
Sleigh kick was good and Moncton had the 15-14 lead. After the kick-off Belleisle were awarded a scrum, and after some scrambling the game ended on an unplayable ball in the a rover ruck.
Moncton Black Tide Men host the Truro Saints this Saturday, Oct 17th, on the Odyssey fields at 2pm.