Western blows out
By Joanna Landsberg
TAKING CANDY FROM A BABY. A women's rugby player breaks free of the
pack and runs away like a medieval peasant who just stole a loaf of
The Western Mustangs
women's rugby team almost make their sport look easy.
Western blew out the Brock Badgers 51-5 this past Saturday on the rugby
pitch here at Western, getting even with Brock after two consecutive upsets
at the hands of the Badgers last year.
Badger's coach Greg Haley talked about the overwhelming strengths displayed
by the women from Western.
"The Mustangs have incredible ball awareness as well as movement,"
Haley explained. "They are good communicators and cooperate very
well as a team."
Haley's Badgers were dominated by the Mustangs, but he said he felt his
team still had "pretty good line-outs," but could not match
the pace of the Western attack.
Mustangs assistant coach Mike Hopper said he was also pleased with his
team's performance and stressed the importance of the win.
"This was a game we felt we had to win and we were lucky we were
able to utilize all of our players," Hopper said about the total
The victory marks the third win of the season for the undefeated Mustangs,
placing them on top of their division. Although the match seemed to be
all Western, it was still a brutal battle on the pitch.
"This is not a cakewalk for any team. The score does not reflect
the difficulty of the game," said Mustang Kristin Ferguson, who said
she believed the entire team was on the same page for the game on Saturday.
Ferguson, a Brantford native, was dominant on both ends of the field and
her all-around effort was noted by Hopper.
"She's a key player with sound defence and big runs, leading her
to lock in a leadership role," he said.
The Mustangs are now tied with Guelph for the top spot in Ontario and
are posting some dominating numbers. Western has scored 67 points already
this year and only allowed five. The team has become very tough to beat
because over the past two seasons they have accumulated a solid core of
returning players and coaches.
The upcoming week also looks tough for the women ruggers, who have to
face the Windsor University Lancers on Wednesday and the University of
Toronto on Saturday in Toronto.