Volume 93, Issue 27

Tuesday, October 19, 1999


SPORTS

Western closes the gate on Bishop's

Ruggers cook up Marauders 34-12

Western spikes their way over the Badgers

Ruggers soon to become pin-ups in 2000 calendar

Western's weekend bird watching

Ruggers cook up Marauders 34-12



By Patrick Kane
Gazette Writer

It may not have been the prettiest game of the season, but the Western men's rugby team still managed to squeeze one past a feisty McMaster University Saturday. At the end of the game, the Mustangs walked off the field with a 34-12 victory in their back pockets.

Western quickly jumped to an 87 lead, but did not score again until close to the 30 minute mark of the first half. Two unanswered trys then gave Western a 22-7 lead.

In the second half, Western outscored the McMaster Marauders 12-5 to secure their victory.

Despite this win Western head coach Gerry Slattery was not completely satisfied with his team's effort. "We played OK, we maybe gave an 85 per cent effort. It's tough to rise up to play a rebuilding team like McMaster when we are ranked so high and are expected to control the tempo of the game."

Western veteran lock Derek Gorgi echoed Slattery's sentiments about the squad's performance. "We played well and gave a sound effort, but I felt we had much more to offer considering the talent of our team," he said.

Gorgi also recognized McMaster was a tough obstacle to hurdle. "McMaster played with tremendous heart and made it difficult for us to play at our top level for the full 80 minutes. They have great intensity."

McMaster head coach, Philip White, praised both teams and said his club's loss was due to Western's superior talent. "I thought we played well and did our best to stick to our game plan of intense defence. Western was the obvious favourite this afternoon though. [The Mustangs] have tremendous size and talent," he said.

The team hopes to trounce Brock University in their final regular season game next week, which is the only obstacle left to overcome to finish with a perfect season. Slattery said he was looking forward to his team's next challenge.

"I expect my club to have a big performance next week against Brock and bring that momentum and work ethic into the post-season," he said.

Slattery also maintained the team's success is due to their ability to take each game in stride. "We play week by week, game by game. Our strategy is to prepare for each individual team and focus on the game at hand. We're taking it one step at a time."

Western plays at Brock Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m..


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