Pablo Balza, Sports Reporter

Humber men’s rugby took a big step forward in its rebuild with a lopsided win against the Seneca Sting, who were undefeated until the Oct. 4 showdown at Valley Field.

The Hawks also kept its playoffs hopes alive with the 45-12 win.

Humber’s domination of Seneca began at the start of the game with its performance and leadership as a team was shown during the game. 

The Hawks beat the Sting 45-12. (Pablo Balzar)

The Hawks opening points were scored by prop Christopher Dominey in the sixth minute of the game, making it his second try of the season. 

Wing Curtis Sandiford provided a huge defensive impact, running back and forth down the sidelines, while adding a second try to the scoreboard in the 33 minute mark. 

Before heading to halftime, back Juan Manago scored Humber’s third try. 

Hawks head coach Fabian Rayne said he was happy to see the team play hard and, so far, he is proud of the team’s success off and on the field. 

A Hawks rugby player tackles a player from Seneca as his teammate tries to the steal the ball. (Pablo Balzar)

“I thought the boys played well, they come out the game jumping, they were moving the ball, they were making their tackles, most of all they were supporting the ball and communicating with each other and that’s how the game of rugby should be played,” said Rayne, a four-time OCAA Champion from 2011-2014 and a two-time OCAA Coach of the Year. 

He has a record of 33-4 to date over his career as coach.

With two games remaining, the Hawks are now 2-2 and have two games remaining. They faced Georgian College yesterday in Barrie and lost 39-28. The Hawks close the regular season against Conestoga.