Gryphon rugby men thump Western

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons wrapped up their OUA men’s rugby league regular-season schedule Friday night with a 56-0 trouncing of the Western Mustangs at Varsity Field.

Guelph’s fourth shutout victory of the season gave them a second-place finish regardless of Saturday’s result of a game between the first-place Queen’s Gaels and third-place McMaster Marauders.

The Gryphs finish at 7-1 and Western at 5-3 while Queen’s is at 7-0 and McMaster’s at 5-2. If McMaster beats Queen’s, the Gaels would finish at 7-1, but would win a tiebreaker with the Gryphs thanks to a 34-26 win over Guelph Sept. 30 at Kingston.

Guelph hasn’t surrendered a point since that loss as the Gryphs will head into the playoffs on a three-game winning streak. They outscored their opponents – the 5-3 Laurier Golden Hawks, 0-7 Trent Excalibur and 5-3 Western – by a combined 152-0 count and a 44-0 win over last-place Trent was their closest match of the three.

Jordan Hofstra and Marcello Wainwright each scored two tries against Western while John Sheridan, Kyle Lagasca, Kolby Francis and Dalton Campbell scored one apiece.

By finishing second, the Gryphs will get a bye in the quarter-finals and are to host a semifinal against the highest-surviving quarter-final winner Nov. 4. The OUA final is to be played Nov. 12. The Gryphs will host that game if they win their quarter-final and Queen’s loses its semifinal.

The Gryphs are to host the Canadian university men’s rugby championship tournament Nov. 16 to 19 at Alumni Stadium.

  • Guelph Sports Journal