Saints win Wheaton Cup Maritime rugby crown

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FREDERICTON – The Truro Saints struck early and often and cruised to the Maritime men’s B rugby championship.

Truro Saints win Maritime men's B rugby title.

The Saints downed the host Fredericton Loyalists 38-10 in the title game on Saturday to capture the team’s third Wheaton Cup.

“It was a great performance,” said Saints coach Dan Mosley.

“The guys played out of their skin. They hit every breakdown hard and got some points early on.”

Ian Ebbett was a big offensive catalyst, as he accounted for 14 points on a try, three conversions and a penalty kick.

The Saints took a comfortable 31-0 lead into halftime.

“In the second half we took our foot off the gas a bit and they scored two tries in short succession,” said Mosley, adding his club regrouped and finished the game strong.

Dave Cotterill of the Saints was named man of the match. Mosley said the team received a big boost from the return of Dan Gillis and Doug Conrad.

“They hadn’t played most of the season, so it was good to see them back and they did the team very proud.”

The Maritime title caps a highly successful season for the Saints, who also won a provincial title in early October.

“It was a great way to finish it off,” Mosley said.

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