Volume 96, Issue 15
Tuesday, September 24, 2002

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Rugby rivalry ends in tie

Allen Chen/Gazette

THE TEAM ALWAYS RESENTED HIS CHILD BEARING HIPS. Western's rugby lads played to a hard earned 24 all draw with Queen's in Kingston on Saturday.

The colours of Queen's and Western collided on the rugby pitch in Kingston on Saturday, renewing one of the oldest rivalries in Canadian university rugby.

Fittingly, the two rugby powers finished the game knotted at 24-24, thanks to a no overtime rule during regular season matches. For the Mustangs, the game against the Golden Gaels was their first real game action together this season.

With new coach Mike Hughes incorporating a new system for the team, mistakes were expected and proved to be costly for the Mustangs.

"We're adjusting to a new system and a new team," Western captain Dave Stratton said about the start to the season. "They scored 18 of their 24 points on penalty kicks. Anytime you've got 18 points coming from your own misdeeds [it] tells the tale."

The Mustangs came out quickly and scored two tries, but Queen's stormed back to make it 10-9 at the half. The rematch of last year's Ontario University Athletics final saw the lead change hands four different times – no surprise for these foes who know each other well.

"Our games are always like that, they always come down to the last play or last part of the game," Stratton explained.

The Gaels came out quick in the second half and popped in their only try of the game. Queen's stole the ball from Western a fair amount in the game and that is something the team needs to work on.

"We have to clean up our support play, that's a big part of our game," Stratton said about the team's early season flaws.

All 22 players from Western got to see the pitch at some point or another during the game, allowing each player to get a sense of the history of the matchup. The emotion of the rivalry is something Western's captain said he looks forward to, but also has to harness.

"I think the biggest thing with Queen's is really the rivalry and maybe paying a little bit too much attention to the rivalry and not the game," Stratton said.

– Ryan Hickman


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