Volume 95, Issue 29

Wednesday, October 24, 2001
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Mustangs undefeated

No kicks this year for soccer men

Mustang eyes fixed on the prize

Yeomen? I think not

Rugby women advance

Yeomen? I think not

Last Saturday, the Western men's rugby team, the defending provincial champs, had their final tune-up of the regular season, soundly defeating a weak York team 47-0.

Afterwards, head coach Gerry Slattery was content with the outcome of the game.

"We knew York was in a rebuilding stage, but being our last game of the regular season, we needed to put in a sound performance," Slattery said. "We had to make this game big to solidify to everyone else that we are a strong playoff contender."

Playoffs begin next Saturday in Waterloo against a Warrior team which defeated the Mustangs earlier this season, Slattery said.

"We did a lot of things right in that Waterloo game, but we also didn't do several things as well as we should have and as a team, that's what we've got to agree on and fix," Slattery said.

For a coach who has won three of the last four OUA titles, Slattery knows the recipe for success.

"To be at our best, we've got to focus on the things we do well. That means playing a fast-paced game, as we're a very athletic group – keeping the ball alive, recycling it through the backs and [moving] around the pack well. We've got confidence in what we are best at and that's what we've got to exploit," Slattery said.

–Dave Martin

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