Volume 93, Issue 32
Wednesday, October 27, 1999
Mustangs destroy RMC
Graphic by Colin Butler
By Wes Brown
If there was any previous doubt about "Girl-power," the Mustang women's rugby team's 87-3 trouncing of Royal Military College has definitely put these critics to rest.
This is the first season for RMC in the Ontario University Athletic conference and co-captain Angie Donovan said they were a very inexperienced team.
"We outplayed them, but we really didn't take it to them that hard. There [were] a lot of substitutions throughout the game. It was definitely a whole team effort with everyone contributing to the win. I don't recall their backs having the ball at all during the game," Donovan said.
This is a huge confidence booster going into the OUA finals and even though the Mustangs didn't really get an opportunity to work on their defensive skills during the game, Donovan said the team's new attacking-style defence is ready for the finals.
"We've been watching videos of the New Zealand All-blacks and specifically their defence [known as] the 'Black Wall.' We are going to have the 'Purple Wall,'" she said.
The women's team is psyched about the upcoming playoffs and Donovan added while most teams have a few key players, Western has a high overall talent level together as a team.
This game also marked the return of head coach Natascha Wesch, fresh off her play on the Canadian national team, who said she was mostly just watching as a spectator, while assistant coach Jodie Miller led the team. "I added my two cents in here and there but for the majority, Jodie was coaching the team."
Wesch said she is integrating a few things she learned while playing for the national team, most of which fit right in with the Mustangs' current strategy.
"[Western] uses a lot of the plays we use on the national team already. Hopefully, we can use them to make us better because if you win you go on, you lose you go home," she said.
RMC head coach John Proctor complimented Western on their strength and said based on the size of RMC's school a total of 200 girls on campus they aren't doing too badly in the art of rugby.
"The girls kept a sense of humour on the field and there was no hastiness on the pitch. We're going to have to work on experience. The more games I can get [RMC] playing as well as watching will help," Proctor said.
RMC will not be participating in the OUA finals but Proctor said it is very close between Guelph and Western. "Guelph will probably edge out
Western in the end but the teams are well matched against one another."
Western begins their OUA championship run at home at 1 p.m. this Saturday in a semi-final game against the University of Waterloo.
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