'Stangs win home opener

Men's rugby tramples Windsor 59-3

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Western men's rugby

Jonas Hrebeniuk

LUCKILY, HE REMEMBERED TO BRING HIS POLYSPORIN. Despite taking a hit on this play, Western laid the boom to Windsor all afternoon, defeating the Lancers by a score of 59-3.

The Western Mustangs men’s rugby team stampeded through the Windsor Lancers 59-3 in the sweltering heat Saturday afternoon, providing a great start to the season.

The Mustangs roared onto Western’s rugby pitch, scoring five tries in the first half while displaying hard fought runs and crisp touch passes.

The highlight of the team’s home opener came off Western’s first try when, as he was being tackled, winger Matt Barrett tossed a no-look pitch right in front of the goal line to fullback Andrew Buxton-Forman, who ran in and grounded the ball for the score.

Mustangs head coach Tony Roes, in his Western debut, was impressed with the team’s quick start in the game.

“I thought the team came out with a great work ethic and a lot of confidence and played especially well along the fringes,” he said.

The Mustangs struggled on a few of their line-outs and faltered with a couple of knock-ons; however, the squad made up for it by retrieving the ball in nearly all the scrums and had possession for the majority of the game.

The second half of the match presented much of the same, with Western exploiting Windsor’s small backs by pitching the ball to the outside with precision to score another four tries to cement the victory.

Barrett, Buxton-Foreman, Ryan Tomlinson, Colin Brown, Andy Tyler and captain Cory Appleton all scored tries for the ’Stangs during the game.

Defensively, the Purple and Silver only allowed one penalty kick through the uprights to break the shutout.

Come the final whistle, the Lancers walked off the field bewildered, however Lancers assistant coach Andrew Ciavaglia " who filled in for head coach Trevor Drake " had a positive spin on his squad’s loss.

“We had good defence in phases considering, of course, who we were playing,” he said.

Western proved to be the superior team athletically, as missed tackles came in bunches for the discouraged Lancers toward the end of the match.

Appleton said he has noticed increased confidence from his teammates this season.

“I think the guys are really starting to mature and that’s evident by the tight chemistry we displayed today as a team.”

The men’s ruggers will look for another win this Friday, as they travel to Guelph for the second match of the season, taking on the Gryphons.

Guelph will be looking for their first win of the season, after dropping their opener to Waterloo.

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