Gryphons' First Half Too Much for the Mustangs
Western Mustangs Men's RugbyGreg Bowman
The Western Mustangs men’s rugby team were looking to improve to 2-0 when they hosted the Guelph Gryphons at Alumni Field on Sunday afternoon. Western ousted RMC 38-10 last week to pick up their first win but were up against a Gryphons squad who were finalists last year, and already had a decisive 51-10 win over McMaster under their belts.
Western started the tilt with some good energy and a lot of jump as they appeared to be the more focused of the two teams early on. Their energy would translate into points as they were able to pick up the first try and conversion of the game to take an early 7-0 lead. The score against seemed to spark the Gryphons, as they immediately started playing with more urgency. Less than 10 minutes after the Mustangs opened the scoring, Guelph would get on the board with their first try. They would miss the conversion to still trail at 7-5. That missed conversion wouldn’t be too consequential for Guelph, as they would pick up another try just minutes later to take their first lead at 10-7. The floodgates were open for the Gryphons, as they would tack on two more tries before the end of the half as they enjoyed a 22-7 lead at the break.
The second half saw a more competitive play out of the purple and white. After giving up an early try, the Mustangs were finally able halt the attack of the Gryphons. The teams would exchange possessions in the middle of the field that would ultimately result in the other team wrestling the ball away. It was a true battle between teams full of gladiators who weren’t about to give their opposition an inch. Finally, the deadlock would break later in the frame when Guelph would score another try. Western would get on the board again late in the game when Jamar Thomas was able to bully his way past the goal line for a try. It was too little, too late for the Mustangs though, as they would ultimately fall 36-14 to the Gryphons.
It was a tough loss against a good team for the Mustangs, as they now sit at 1-1 on the year. Guelph seems to have picked up right where they left off from last season posting 87 points through their first two games this season. Western will next be in action against the Laurier Golden Hawks in Waterloo next Sunday.