M-RUGBY ROUNDUP: Mustangs rally in second half to earn 17-17 draw with Brock

M-RUGBY ROUNDUP: Mustangs rally in second half to earn 17-17 draw with Brock

(Photo: Grace Chung)

Friday, October 10

Guelph 46 @ Waterloo 17

WATERLOO, Ont. –The Waterloo Warriors lost to the Guelph Gryphons 46-17 this afternoon on a chilly afternoon. The Warriors opened up with the first 10 points of the match but Guelph's offence picked up and scored plenty. Kyle Kraemer (St. Clements) scored a try for the Warriors while Sang Joon (Jason) Park (Mississauga) scored a penalty goal and a convert in the loss. The Warriors fall to 1-5 on the season.

The black and gold started off strong by controlling the ball and moving the ball around the Gryphons back line. Kraemer made a surging run for the home squad before forcing Guelph to take a penalty. Park would score the penalty goal to put the Warriors ahead 3-0 early.

The Warriors would quickly get the ball back into the opposition territory but came up just short on the goal line. After five repeated attempts to break the Guelph defensive line, the always reliable Kraemer punched through the area to give the Warriors an 8-0 lead. Park scored the convert to go ahead 10-0.

The momentum shifted shortly after when Guelph quickly responded when McLeod rushed up the center of the pitch for a try. Newman scored on the convert to shorten the gap to 10-7 in the 23rd minute.

Gryphons would respond immediately after with another try off solid ball movement to give Guelph their first lead at 12-10. Damianff would score his first try of the game minutes later to go ahead 17-10 heading into the half time break.

Guelph would pick up where they left off in the second half with McLeod punching in a try for his second of the game to go ahead 22-0. After a successful convert, a strong run from Bouille pushed the score to 29-10.

Waterloo would add a try and convert late courtesy of Park but it was too little too late. The Gryphons wouldn't look back, adding three more tries and a convert en route to a decisive 46-17 victory.

Waterloo slips to 1-5 on the season and will return home next Saturday when they host RMC at CIF for a 1pm kick off.

Source: Waterloo Warriors

RMC 16 @ Laurier 17

WATERLOO, Ont. – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawk men's rugby team scored an exciting 17-16 win over the Royal Military College on Friday.

The Hawks came out strong against the visitors from Kingston, with Andrew Thompson (Pickering, Ont.) and Jeffrey Wood (Stratford, Ont.) starting the game with a try each, and Nathan Roberts (Waterloo, Ont.) earning a conversion for the Hawks.

By the second half, the Paladins returned with some offensive push lead by full back Matthew Courtney of Brockville, Ont., who earned a conversion and two penalty goals in the back-and-forth contest. Joshua Kim of Thornhill, Ont., and Benjamin Pantony of Calgary, Alta., notched a penalty goal and try to take the lead.

The Hawks were down 16-12 late in the game, but the Hawks were in it for the win, and in the final seconds of play Thompson picked up another try to take the game 17-16.

The victory puts the Hawks at 2-4-0 on the season as they head into their final games of the regular season. The Golden Hawks host the University of Toronto next on October 18th at 1 p.m. at University Stadium.

Source: Laurier Golden Hawks

Brock 17 @ Western 17

LONDON, Ont. – After a slow start in first half that resulted in a 12 point deficit at the break, the Western Mustangs men's rugby team refocused and turned the tide in the second half to earn a 17-17 draw with the Brock Badgers on Friday evening at Alumni Field.  
 
With the tie, the Mustangs move to 4-1-1 on the season while Brock's record now sits at 4-2-1.
 
"It was the tale of two halves," said Mustangs head coach David Knowles. "We were down 12 points at half, and we scored the only points in the second half. We had all the momentum in the second half but we left some points on the board. I don't want to say it cost us the game, but we missed some easy kicks, without putting blame on anyone. It happens in any game, but we just cleaned up the simple stuff. That's one we let get away, but fortunately we tied and it still leaves us in a good position heading into the playoffs."
 
Brock's Connor Fitzsimmons was the first to put points up on the scoreboard with a successful penalty goal just after the five minute mark. Unwilling to allow a point deficit, Western countered with a try from James Ojo six minutes later.
 
The Badgers responded with a try of their own, and a successful conversion put them back in the lead. Western, unable to free the ball from the purple and white defensive zone, allowed an additional try and conversion from Brock to give the Badgers a 17-5 lead at halftime.
 
Headed into the second half the Mustangs refocused and pushed through the Brock defence for a try from third year Mike Turnbull. Jeremy McCarty added another try for the Mustangs minutes later, followed by a successful conversion from Turnbull.
 
Unwilling to allow anymore points from Brock, the Mustang defensive line prevented the Badgers from scoring throughout the entirety of the second half, resulting in a final score of 17-17.
 
The Mustangs next face off against Queen's on Saturday, October 18, at 1 p.m. in Kingston.

Source: Western Mustangs

Toronto 0 @ Queen's 113

TORONTO, Ont. (October 10, 2014) - The Gaels (5-1) finished with a staggering 113-0 victory on the road against the Toronto Varsity Blues (0-6) this Friday evening.
 
The Gaels dominated straight from the kick off with Lucas Rumball (Toronto) putting the first try on the board for Queen's. This opened a flood gate for the Gaels who continued to put down tries past the Toronto goal line, including a standout performance by rookie Marc Levin (Vancouver) who took a high ball and broke away from the pack with a 70m run to score one of his three tries. At halftime the Gaels were leading the Varsity Blues 64-0. David Worsley (Vancouver) finished the game with five conversions for the Gaels to go with a pair of tries.
 
The second half saw continued offensive attacks from the Gaels, putting a comeback out of reach for the Varsity Blues. By the final whistle, the Gaels had stretched their lead to a season's best 113-0 win, shutting out Toronto.
 
Catch the Gaels next Saturday when they go head-to-head with the Western Mustangs at home. Kick-off is scheduled for 1pm on Nixon Field.

Source: Queen's Gaels