Volume 93, Issue 35

Tuesday, November 2, 1999


SPORTS

The rugby party's over

Western makes U of T feel blue

Men's rugby keep movin' on up

Champs explode in semifinal

Purple and White 'Stangs lose to red and blue Gaels

Men's rugby keep movin' on up



By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

The Western Mustangs conquered the Unversity of Waterloo Warriors Saturday and walked away from their Ontario University Athletics semifinal game with a remarkable 48-18 win.

Playing in the shadow of the final regular season football game at J.W. Little Memorial Stadium, the Mustangs started off slowly but kicked it up a notch, making short work of Waterloo.

Western dominated in almost every aspect of the game. Led by Mustang kicker Simon Rodgers, by halftime, the Mustangs already had a strong lead and went on to clinch the OUA West division title.

Western head coach Gerry Slattery was pleased with his team's performance and thought they stepped up their play. At the same time, he commended Waterloo for a good effort.

"It was a great game of rugby, Waterloo played well," Slattery said. "We played a championship game. To win by that score in any cup game is good."

Waterloo head coach Dan Ingoldsby said he was happy with his team despite the loss, attributing the defeat to errors on the field. "We played well and stuck with our game plan. Unfortunately, every time we made a mistake [Western] capitalized."

Mustang scrum half Pat Graham also commended the young Waterloo team for working hard and playing with intensity. "They played with heart. It took a while to soak up what they gave us," Graham said, explaining why the Mustangs started the game slowly.

Graham also pointed to the team's strength's throughout the season as a major factor in helping them win the West title. "Our outside game was very strong as it has been all season."

Slattery attributed their slow start to a lack of intensity and the pressure of playing a team prepared for the playoffs. "We could have been more intense. No matter what you say to players [regarding preparation], Waterloo showed up to play as they did, it was a surprise but our guys kept their composure," Slattery said.

The Mustangs now move on to the OUA finals – the greatest challenge for the team so far this year. Graham indicated his team will continue to work on the same aspects of the game which have helped them dominate their competition this season.

"We're always working on tackling and making sure we communicate well. We have the strength, we just need to bring it to together," he said.

Slattery added he was already preparing for the team's next game. "We'll spend the week correcting our errors and focus on what comes next," Slattery said.

The men's rugby team meets Queen's University on Saturday at 1 p.m..


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