Volume 93, Issue 17

Tuesday, September 28, 1999


Mustangs run over Yeomen

National champs beat Badgers

Western turning season around?

'Stangs smoke Waterloo

Whatever! That was sooo last year

Let the lacrosse games begin

'Stangs smoke Waterloo

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

The Waterloo men's rugby team walked into their game unarmed on Saturday and barely made it out alive, as the Mustangs dropped a bomb on the Warriors, destroying them 62-12.

Western stepped into the game undefeated this season, intent on continuing their winning ways. It didn't take long to realize Waterloo didn't have a chance of stopping the Western march to victory.

"I feel we haven't been tested by the three sides we've played," said Western head coach Gerry Slattery.

Despite the lopsided score of the game, Waterloo did, at one point, test the Mustangs' defence. The Warriors managed to put pressure on the Western defence for close to 15 minutes, but the Mustangs refused to fold.

Slattery said he saw the game as a chance to finally show the capabilities of his team, both offensively and defensively. "For about 15 minutes we successfully defended our line. It was the first time we had sustained pressure and it shows we can defend," he said.

With Waterloo behind them, the Mustangs move on to face Queen's next week, a team which Western has had a strong rivalry with for the past few years. The Mustangs go into the game, undefeated and with high spirits.

"We're preparing for it all week. Playing against Queen's is a big thing, [there is] a lot of hype going into the game," said Western captain Aaron Abrahams. "Right now we just have to make sure we don't get overconfident going into Queen's."

Slattery said he sees this game as posing a serious challenge to the team's focus. The Mustangs are a young team, with a lot of new players. Despite the fact most of Western's rookies have played at the national level, with all the success so far the team is in danger of becoming complacent.

"Keeping focus mentally is going to be an issue with all the attention," Slattery said of the approaching homecoming game. "We've kept Queen's out of contention for the last two years. The pressure is on us because they're the underdogs."

Despite the underlying rivalry and the big crowd the team is expected to face, Queen's head coach Al Ferguson said he was not overly concerned. "It's just another game, we take the season one game at a time." he said. "We're use to playing in front of big crowds, so I don't see that posing a problem."

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