Volume 92, Issue 25

Tuesday, October 20, 1998

coughing up debt


Ruggers send Toronto home crying

©Tom Baumgartner/Gazette

A GAME OF LEAP FROG? The women ruggers had to find something to do on Saturday to keep their interest as they ran all over U of T.

By Jamil Jalal Jaffer
Gazette Writer

If you were wondering what the definition is for complete team domination, then look no further than the rugby match played at Western this weekend. The women's varsity rugby team epitomized the very essence of teamwork in its 43-5 thrashing of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

Heading into the game with a 5-1 record, the second-place Mustangs knew a win against the Blues would clinch second in the Ontario University Athletics Association and ease the pressure in their final league match next week against visiting McMaster.

Toronto could not muster any momentum past the Western 40 yard line leaving them no threat to score while Western broke through using both smart passing and great solo runs. Supported by the forwards at every interval, the backs completely obliterated their counterparts and very rarely lost possession by way of a tie up.

"Our ruck and mawl was excellent," said Western co-captain Tamara Curtis after the game. "We had great communication on the field. It was just an on day."

Western moved the ball well throughout the match and their play was rewarded with tries by captain Tamara Curtis, outside centre Kelly Donovan, winger Katie Aguire and two by Kim Handley. Vicki Peacey was four for seven in conversions and Western had more than enough in the first half alone to bury their opponent.

Western coach Jody Miller, who replaced head coach Natasha Wesch for the weekend, was happy with the team's performance. "We found their weaknesses and dominated. We want to take this momentum into McMaster next week."

Momentum is something the Mustangs do not have to really worry about. They only gave up one try late in the game and controlled the flow at all other times. When it was all said and done, the Mustangs walked off the field with a 38 point difference.

When asked about Western's chances for the playoffs, Kim Handley replied with a positive outlook.

"I am confident in the team and our abilities and hope to advance to the finals."

The Mustangs have had their sights set on the national championships all season and Miller feels anything less than making it to the big dance would be a disappointment for the team. To do that, Western will have to continue controlling the game, especially when Mac pays a visit next Sunday.

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