Queen’s drops Gryphons to reclaim men’s rugby title

KINGSTON – The defending OUA champion Guelph Gryphons were dethroned in the men’s rugby final Saturday.

The Gryphons were handed a 62-17 setback by the Queen’s Gaels in the championship match at Nixon Field on the Queen’s campus.

The Gaels avenged last year’s loss in penalty kicks in a classic final at Guelph’s Varsity Field.

The title win was the fifth for Queen’s in six years and its 21st overall.

The Gaels struck early when fullback Kainoa Lloyd intercepted an offload and ran 60 yards for the first of his three tries as he helped the hosts to a 29-3 lead by halftime.

Matthew Van Camp and Jack Caylor each scored a try in the second half, both converted by John Sheridan added who had hit a penalty kick in the opening half.

Dylan Young, Mihai Rusu and Charlie Tremblay each had one try for Queen’s while Alex Colborne kicked six converts.

The Gryphs and McMaster Marauders, 26-19 winners over the Laurier Golden Hawks in Saturday’s OUA bronze-medal game, are to participate in next week’s Canadian university men’s national championship tournament at Guelph’s Alumni Stadium. Queen’s opted not to participate in the tournament.

The Ontario teams are to be joined by the UBC Thunderbirds and Victoria Vikes from Canada West, Concordia Stingers or ETS Piranhas from Quebec and the UPEI Panthers or St. Francis Xavier X-Men from the Atlantic Conference.

Play is to start Thursday at noon and continue with two games a day until Sunday’s gold-medal match at 1 p.m.

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