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Georgian Grizzlies mangle Sheridan Bruins in rugby action

Nana Ntim, of the Georgian Grizzlies OCAA rugby team, crushes Justin Tota of the Sheridan Bruins with a big hit late in the game as the Grizzlies won 29-17 in the inaugural Brown Bear Trophy game at J.C. Massie Field at Georgian College in Barrie on Sunday.

KEVIN LAMB PHOTO

Nana Ntim, of the Georgian Grizzlies OCAA rugby team, crushes Justin Tota of the Sheridan Bruins with a big hit late in the game as the Grizzlies won 29-17 in the inaugural Brown Bear Trophy game at J.C. Massie Field at Georgian College in Barrie on Sunday. KEVIN LAMB PHOTO

Tthe Georgian Grizzlies men’s rugby team shared a low-key celebration on the field after defeating the Sheridan Bruins, 29-17, in the inaugural Brown Bear Trophy game at J.C. Massie Field in Barrie on Sunday.

It was the first meeting between the two teams in the new Battle of the Bears rivalry game.

Not only were the two teams playing for the inaugural Brown Bear Trophy, but with both Georgian and Sheridan having perfect 5-0 records coming into the game, the regular-season finale would also determine who finished first in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) West Division standings.

The two teams played an incredibly competitive match, trading scores back and forth with four lead changes in the first half alone.

In the second half, both the Grizzlies and Bruins tightened up defensively and the intensity level went way up.

Georgian scored the only points of the half on a try by Lindsay native Jordan Carppi, which sealed a 29-17 win for the Grizzlies.

The other Georgian tries in the game were scored by Edwin Addai Sarfo (Bradford), his brother Kirk Addai Sarfo (Bradford), Nana Ntim (Bradford) and Nathaniel Brown (Everett).

The win gives the Grizzlies a perfect regular season at 6-0 and they clinch first in the OCAA’s West Division.

This also guarantees Georgian a bye to the OCAA semifinals, which they will host on a yet-to-be-determined date and time the weekend of Nov. 4-5.

This is the second-straight year Georgian has gone undefeated in the regular season and the team has not lost a regular-season game since Oct. 1, 2015, a stretch of 15 games.