Volume 92, Issue 10

Friday, September 18, 1998

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Western ruggers thrash Warriors

Tom Baumgartner/Gazette

THIS WEDGIE IS GIVING ME A HEADACHE. The wedgie was probably the biggest problem for the ruggers in their sound trouncing of Waterloo.

By Dave Elia
Gazette Writer

The Western men's rugby team has got to be beaming with confidence. After Wednesday's blowout at the University of Waterloo, there is no doubt the coach and players are proud of their work.

The team thrashed Waterloo 71-6, in what Coach Gerry Slattery call "a remarkable score by any means." Unbeaten in their last 11 games, including last year, the Mustangs have gained the momentum to hopefully propel themselves to another outstanding year.

"Everything we practiced came together as a team," Slattery said. "We seemed to move the ball swifter than last year but we know the pressure's on and we know what it takes." Slattery noted in the second half the team displayed good ball movement and incredible offence.

Slattery does commend Waterloo for playing the full 80 minutes and attempting to show the Mustangs all they had. Yet despite their inspired play, Western managed to score an extraordinary 11 trys.

Three of these trys came from wing Jessie Henkenhaf, in what teammate Kyler Petrie called "a magical game." Other efforts came from Greg Doria, who Slattery noted for great leadership. Doria is expected to lead this experienced team beyond last year's Ontario Championship title.

Petrie believes this is the year for Mustang rugby. "I don't see any reason why we will not win the nationals." But Petrie noted that the team stepped up for this game and with the win has "sent a message out to the other teams."

The team finds itself in Guelph next for what Slattery thinks will be more of a challenge and an opportunity for the players to shine and showcase their abilities.

A blowout of this kind has not only boosted morale but also made the team wary of overconfidence in future games. Yet Slattery believes the team has the maturity and intensity to topple any adversary.

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