Gryphon rugby men also rally for berth in OUA final

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons will make their fifth consecutive appearance in the OUA men’s rugby Turner Cup championship game.

The Gryphs earned that right Saturday with four consecutive tries in a second-half comeback as they handed the Laurier Golden Hawks a 34-26 setback in semifinal play at Varsity Field.

The win also gets the Gryphs a berth in the Canadian university men’s rugby championship tournament at Victoria Nov. 21 to 25.

The Gryphs completed the comeback with a pair of tries in the final four minutes of the match.

Jordan Hofstra had two of Guelph’s tries while Marcello Wainwright, Matt Van Camp, Kyle Lagasca and MacKenzie Kea had one apiece. Mario Van Der Huizen kicked two conversions.

Ryan Gamm, Matt Fish, Bobby Ballantyne and Darnell Marks each had a try for Laurier while Fish converted three of them.

The Gryphons will play the winner of Sunday’s other semifinal between the Queen’s Gaels and Waterloo Warriors in Kingston.

If defending champion Queen’s wins that game, the Gryphs and Gaels will meet in Kingston to decide the OUA champion and it’ll be the fifth consecutive time the two teams met in the final. Guelph won the Turner Cup final thriller 25-24 in 2016 in the second round of penalty kicks while Queen’s won the other three — 32-23 in 2014, 24-23 in 2016 and 62-17 last year.

Queen’s has won the OUA title five of the last six years and 23 times in its history. The Gryphs have won it three times, 1974 and 1998 being the other two years.

If Waterloo wins Sunday’s semifinals, the Gryphs will host the OUA championship match. The Warriors have also won the title three times, but not since 1985.

 

Gryphons 34 Golden Hawks 26
Laurier       19-7–26
Guelph    14-20–34
First Half
Guelph, Try, Marcello Wainwright (Mario Van Der Westhuizen conversion)
Laurier, Try, Ryan Gamm (conversion failed)
Laurier, Try, Matt Fish (Matt Fish conversion)
Guelph, Try, Matt Van Camp (Mario Van Der Westhuizen conversion)
Laurier, Try, Bobby Ballantyne (Matt Fish conversion)
Second Half
Laurier, Try, Darnell Marks (Matt Fish conversion)
Guelph, Try, Jordan Hofstra (conversion failed)
Guelph, Try, Kyle Lagasca (conversion failed)
Guelph, Try, MacKenzie Kea (conversion failed)
Guelph, Try, Jordan Hofstra (conversion failed)
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