Volume 94, Issue 25
Friday, October 13, 2000
Mustangs unleash their big Mac attack
By David Martin
The men's rugby team over-powered their McMaster opposition on Wednesday afternoon to improve their record to 3-0-2.
McMaster jumped into the lead first and stayed close with Western for the first 40 minutes leading to a narrow 14-6 Mustang advantage at half-time. In the second half, Western shut down Mac and erupted for six trys to make the final tally an impressive 52-6.
Western head coach Gerry Slattery said he felt the second half was reflective of what they have been gearing up for the entire season.
"The second half was a lot better, we played the way we should be playing. Its taken us a while to get our performance sorted out, with positional changes from last year, but its coming together well," Slattery said.
Ignoring the lop-sided score, McMaster head coach Phil White, said he was pleased with the Mac effort, but could easily pinpoint the difference between his team and Western.
"I was very pleased with the effort, the defensive side of things I thought was solid, though there is no excuse for the game Western played strong. Right now they have more talent and more size."
Although the final score shows domination by Western, Mustangs assistant coach Alan Kouba, was not completely pleased with the first half showing.
"The first half performance definitely could have been better as we let them come back into the game. We gave away a couple penalties in the first 10 minutes, leading to six points which we shouldn't do in an entire half," Kouba said. "There were some forwards out in the backs at inopportune moments, as we need to get them in, winning the ball and getting it to a strength of ours, the backs, as that is where we score a lot of our points."
Slattery said the Mustangs were at their best when they kept things simple.
"We've got to stick to the basics. We're a team that creates opportunities from excelling at the simple things and if we do this good things will happen. We have to trust in that plan and trust in our strengths and basic skills," Slattery said.
Slattery also pointed to his team's athleticism as an advantage.
"We're very athletic from one to 22, the whole squad. We're really fast, which means we need to play a fast game. But often, like in the first half, we tend to slow things down and become too mechanical, which is unfair to ourselves. If we keep it simple, fast and furious for 80 minutes, great things will happen," he said.
Western fly-half Trevor Thomas, who scored a try and made good on six conversions, said he is excited with how the team played in the second half and is looking for the momentum to carry on the rest of the season.
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