Gryphons fourth in national tournament

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons finished the first Canadian university men’s rugby championship tournament in fourth place.

Sunday, the Gryphs were downed 28-3 by the McMaster Marauders in a bronze-medal match that started in sunshine and finished in snow flurries.

The Marauders, who dropped a pair of close games to the Gryphs in OUA play, were up 12-3 at halftime as Guelph’s John Sheridan connected on a penalty kick on the final play of the half.

Will Kelly led McMaster with a try, three penalty kicks and two converts while Mitch Richardson and Callum McLeay added a try apiece.

The national bronze goes with the OUA bronze McMaster won a week earlier.

The UBC Thunderbirds jumped ahead early in the all-B.C. gold-medal match as they scored five tries and a penalty kick before the Victoria Vikes managed their first points of the match.

Rivals in the B.C. Premiership, it was the second meeting between the teams this season as UBC had prevailed in a league match in September. They’re to have another meeting in league play early in 2018.

Sunday, James Carson scored two tries for the Thunderbirds while Theo Sauder hit on a penalty kick and two converts. Getting one try apiece were Cole Keffer, Nico Clironomos, Nick Allen and Clint Lemkus.

James O’Neill had one try for the Vikes while the other one was a penalty try.

UBC placed eight on the tournament Dream Team: Lemkus, Carson, Jake Ikeda, Will Percellier, Sauder, Nathan Rees, Keffer and Fraser Hurst.

McMaster’s Mike Smith, Jack McRogers and Richardson were named to the Dream Team as were O’Neill and Aiden McMullan of Victoria and Blake Aram and Kolby Francis of the Gryphons.


UBC Thunderbirds 46 Concordia Stingers 0
Guelph Gryphons 66 UPEI Panthers 0
McMaster Marauders 38 Concordia Stingers 11
Victoria Vikes 95 UPEI Panthers 0
UBC Thunderbirds 38 McMaster Marauders 6
Guelph Gryphons 11 Victoria Vikes 11
Gold-medal game: UBC Thunderbirds 37 Victoria Vikes 12
Bronze-medal game: McMaster Marauders 28 Guelph Gryphons 3
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