22 April 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ONTARIO ARROWS EARN CONVINCING ROAD VICTORY OVER BOSTON MYSTICS
(MALDEN, MA) – In a season of ‘firsts’ for the Ontario Arrows, the young club needed just four matches to accrue their first-ever winning streak, having earned their second win on the trot with a convincing 29-19 away victory over the Boston Mystics on Saturday afternoon.
Bolstered by a dominant performance by their forwards, the Arrows used a powerful scrum to build a 19-0 halftime lead. Multiple tries by No. 8 Kolby Francis sandwiched a tally from prop Rob Brouwer, with fly-half Will Kelly notching two conversions as the travelling Arrows carried a three-score lead into the interval.
Hooker Andrew Quattrin added to Ontario’s lead with a try in the opening minutes of the second frame, and after Boston scored their first points of the match mid-way through the half, scrum-half Alex Gliksten added an insurance marker by scoring the Arrows’ fifth try of the day.
Two late tries by Boston, scored within a six-minute span to end the match, brought the Mystics to within 10 points of the Arrows, but the late push from the home side was not enough to overcome their 24-point deficit.
“I was very pleased with the manner in which we played,” said Arrows head coach Chris Silverthorn, following the match. “I was impressed with how our forwards dictated the pace of the game, especially in the first half, when we rarely allowed Boston inside our own 22.”
“Getting back-to-back wins is a great feeling, but the two late tries we conceded will leave a bit of a sour taste in our mouths,” Silverthorn added. “The final score was a little closer than we would have liked, especially after such a strong start to the game, but it reinforces our need to work on closing out matches, and ensuring we put in a full 80-minute shift. Our young side will take some good lessons from this win.”
Nineteen of the Arrows’ 29 points were scored by under-23 players, with Francis, Kelly, Quattrin accounting for the majority of Ontario’s points on the day.
The two sides won’t have to wait long for a rematch. The home-and-home series between Ontario and Boston continues in Toronto on Saturday, May 5 (4:30 p.m. kickoff), when the Arrows host the Mystics at York Lions Stadium.
Tickets to the upcoming will be available online in the coming days, as well as at the gate on match day.
The Arrows will also be announcing two additional May fixtures – one home, one away – in the coming days, and invite their fans to stay tuned for the news surrounding the club’s expanded spring schedule.
Ontario Arrows Score Report
Tries: K. Francis 2 (12, 36), R. Brouwer (18), A. Quattrin (44), A. Gliksten (66)
Conversions: W. Kelly 2 (19, 37)
Boston Mystics Score Report
Tries: V. Daley (58), D. Ibanez (74), D. Corcoran (80)
Conversions: S. Bertranou (75, 80)
Ontario Arrows Lineup vs. Boston Mystics
1. Rob Brouwer
2. Andrew Quattrin
3. Tom Dolezel
4. Mike Sheppard (C)
5. Paul Ciulini
6. Marcello Wainwright
7. Peter Milazzo
8. Kolby Francis
9. Alex Gliksten
10. Will Kelly
11. Kainoa Lloyd
12. Jamie Leveridge
13. Jon West
14. John Sheridan
15. Cooper Coats
16. Martial Lagain
17. Pat Lynott
18. Mike Smith
19. Josh Van Horne
20. Tom Van Horn
21. Mario Van der Westhuizen
22. Shawn Windsor
23. Mitch Richardson
Head Coach: Chris Silverthorn
Assistant Coaches: David Butcher, Aaron Carpenter
General Manager: Mark Winokur
Performance Analyst: Rodin Lozada
Athletic Therapist: Chris Kelly
Team Doctor: Dr. John Gillis
About Ontario Arrows Rugby Club:
The Ontario Arrows Rugby Club is Canada’s first privately-funded high-performance rugby team.
The team is equipped to compete against top-tier North American club teams, providing emerging Canadian talent with enhanced and more frequent opportunities to hone their skills at an elite level.