MAPLE RIDGE – It was evident from the opening play that the North Dundas District High School Devils’ veteran presence would influence the outcome of the first game of the 2017 SD&G girl’s 15s rugby season.

Lynnette Klein-Boonschate took possession of the ball in the opening minutes of the game and out ran the Tagwi Warriors defence for the opening try last Friday (April 28). Another veteran, Andrea Koch, quickly hoofed a two-point convert through the uprights handing the host Devils a 7-0 advantage.

North Dundas’ speedy wingers opened up a 36-0 lead by half time and continued to run roughshod over the visitors defence in the second half finishing with a sizable 74-0 victory.

Devils coach Scott Reaney acknowledged the speed his senior players possess, a factor that rendered Tagwi’s defence ineffective.

What pleased Reaney was the fact his team was able to shutout the opposition.

“Our defence was solid,” he said. “All told the girls played a complete game.”

Huge offence

Julia Gibson and Klein-Boonschate each scored three tries for a combined total of 30 points. Koch counted two tries and kicked five converts for 14 points.

Katrina McDermid, Mallory Hutchinson, Desiray Clemen and Meagan Scheepers, each crossed the touchline once.

Grace Cave also kicked a pair of converts.

North Dundas will travel to Cornwall to meet the Holy Trinity Falcons tomorrow (Thurs., May 4). The Falcons were thumped 55-5 by the Devils strongest rival, the St. Joe’s Panthers, in their first game.