Life’s elite training squad fell to the Ontario Blues 36-20 Friday night in Ontario. In what was a match of runs, the Blues managed the final one, but Life was within a converted try until past the 70-minute mark.
Ontario opened the scoring with a try from scrumhalf Andrew Ferguson, who converted it himself. But the Running Eagles responded with sustained pressure rewarded by a pair of successful penalty kicks from Joe Cowley.
The Blues extended the lead before half, when wing Matt Alexander capitalized on a Life turnover and ran in for Ontario’s second try. Converted, it pushed Ontario up 14-6. The Blues opened the second half with another try, this one unconverted and dotted down by outside center Jordan Wilson-Ross after an impressive individual effort, making it 19-6.
The Running Eagles answered Ontario’s 12-point run with one of their own. It began when flyhalf AJ MacGinty cross kicked for Cowley, who reclaimed the ball and ran in Life’s first try before converting it. Kris Headlee was credited with the second try, but the score was a full team effort, as the Running Eagles managed well over a dozen phases before punching it in. Cowley converted, putting Life up 20-19.
Ontario again parlayed a Life turnover into a try when the Running Eagles missed on a lineout and Blues’ No. 7 Alistair Clark ran in under the posts. Converted, the try put Ontario up 26-20.
The score stayed locked there until inside the final 10 minutes, but an Alexander penalty followed by a Life yellow card and a late try by Ontario reserve Seb Pearson gave the Blues a flattering scoreline.
Tries: Cowley, Headlee
Pens: Cowley (2)
Cons: Cowley (2)
Tries: Alexander, Wilson-Ross, Clark, Pearson, Ferguson
Cons: Ferguson 3, Alexander