Volume 95, Issue 33

Wednesday, October 31, 2001
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Running on empty at OUAs

Guelph slaps Western upside the head

Three-peat for ruggers?

'Stangs put the hammer to Windsor

Purple and white success

'Boxfit' the hell out of your worst enemy

Three-peat for ruggers?

One down, one more to go.

The Western Mustangs men's rugby team spent last Saturday's OUA semifinal beating up on the Waterloo Warriors 25-8.

Earlier in the season, the Mustangs were defeated 14-7 by the same Warriors. Head coach Gerry Slattery said this time the Mustangs were ready.

"We didn't play well the first game against them," Slattery said. "But this time, we shut down their one dimensional game. It was obvious we were a much better team and Waterloo never really put us in danger."

The Mustangs were led by Matt McClure, Simon Dunne and Andrew Doyle, who all scored tries in the match.

The timely performance advances the two-time defending OUA champions to the OUA final. The game tips off Saturday in Kingston against the formidable Queen's Golden Gaels.

Doyle said this game will be quite the challenge.

"We definitely need to step it up against Queen's," Doyle said. "They are by far the best competition in the OUA."

With Queen's representing such a grave challenge, do the Mustangs have a shot at victory? Slattery made it clear the Mustangs will not back down. "Queen's-Western rugby matches are one of the classic showdowns in OUA athletics. It's all in the day – we both take each other serious and we both take our performance seriously. They have been bitten by us before and I'm expecting a tight match."

–Jordan Bell

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