Rugby Roundup

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The St. Albert Reds took it on the chin at home in Saturday’s 37-5 loss to the Pirates in women’s second division rugby.

The Pirates racked up 22 points in the first half on four tries and one convert. Down by 32 points, the Reds broke through the Pirates’ defence with a try by Jasmine Van Staveren with 15 minutes remaining.

The line-up for St. Albert’s developmental side included a few regulars from the Blues, the first 15 St. Albert squad in the Edmonton Rugby Union’s second division. The Reds are 1-1 in league play while the Pirates are 2-0.

Upcoming in women’s rugby is the May 23 match between the Fort McMurray Knights and the Blues (1-0). Kickoff is 2 p.m. at the St. Albert Rugby Football Club.

Meanwhile, forward Stacey Becker is a late addition to the Team Canada U20 tryouts, starting Thursday in Toronto. She joins outside-centre Amanda Lalonde as the St. Albert reps at the camp to determined the Canadian roster for the Nations Cup in August. The high school products of the Sturgeon Spirits played for U19 Alberta last year.

The third division debut by the St. Albert Exiles ended with a 30-10 loss to the Clansmen in Friday’s home opener.

The halftime score was 7-5 for the Clan.

Inside-centre Rob Gingras scored the first try in Exiles history. The former senior men’s standout at the St. Albert Rugby Football Club came out of retirement to play for the club’s second men’s team in the Edmonton Rugby Union’s third division. The ball he used on the scoring play will be signed by the Exiles and prominently displayed at the club.

Exiles’ eight-man Mike Moss also scored a try. He later suffered cracked ribs and is sidelined indefinitely.

The Exiles’ starting 15 ranged in age from players in their late teens to veterans like Gary Brow in their late 40s.

The Exiles are back on the pitch Friday against the Pirates. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Ellerslie Rugby Park.

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