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Queen's gets revenge
Western loses rugby rivalry
By Tate Abols
They say revenge is a dish best served cold and this past Saturday, the Queen's rugby team delivered said entrée.
In the first game between the two rugby powerhouses since Western's last minute victory in last year's OUA championship game at Queen's, the Golden Gaels scored a resounding victory at Western's Homecoming, taking the game 34-18.
The glorious afternoon saw a very entertaining, hard-fought, but ultimately lopsided contest on the pitch.
Western Head coach Gerry Slatery acknowledged his team let this one get away early.
"We had control [in the opening half] then we let it slip away. You can't let a score get you down or deflate you, especially when playing such a solid team as Queen's. Against other teams you can get the points back, but not Queen's. Today we were outplayed technically," Slattery said.
The Mustangs did come out in the first half poised with the championship form that carried them to two consecutive OUA titles. Before a good sized and rather boisterous homecoming crowd, the hometown side jumped out to an early 8-3 lead.
Mustang winger Simon Dunn scored a lovely try, set up by a pinpoint accurate pass from fly half, Andrew Dold. From that point on, it was downhill for the Mustangs.
The Golden Gaels responded swiftly by scoring two tries before the end of the first half to make the score 17-8.
The turning point came at the close of the first half, when the Golden Gaels managed to stymie a Western try with a formidable 10-minute goal line stand. This effort seemed to simultaneously lift the spirits of the Gaels and deflate those of the Mustangs.
"We came fired up in the first 20 minutes of the game. We put up some points, had a nice try, but then we couldn't penetrate their strong wall of defense and we seemed to let up," Dold said. Dold marked two penalty goals and one convert during the game.
The second half saw much of the same, with Queen's dominating the flow of the game and Western failing to capitalize on their chances when they came.
Queen's opened the half with a try in the third minute and never looked back, adding two more tries before the final whistle.
The Gaels' head coach Brad Greenwood said he was proud of his squad for stepping up and recording a decisive victory in this very big match.
"Queen's vs. Western, this is 'it' in rugby. This is the game both teams plan for all year. We came out hard today, played good defense and won the game."
Slattery said there was certainly no secret to the success of the Golden Gaels. "In all fairness to Queen's, they technically put it together well and they simply outplayed us."
JERRY WAS ALWAYS RATHER LAZY - INSTEAD OF DOING THE RUNNING
HIMSELF, HE LET OTHERS DO IT FOR HIM. The Queen's Golden Gaels pounded
the Western Mustangs on the weekend, winning 34-18.