Gryphon rugby men back in OUA final

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons are going to get a chance to defend their OUA men’s rugby championship title next weekend.

The Gryphs secured a berth in the provincial final with a 26-18 triumph over the McMaster Marauders Friday night at Varsity Field.

The hosts had to come from behind to record the win. McMaster scored a try in the first minute before the Gryphs hit on two penalty kicks to go up by a point. The Marauders regained the lead with a penalty kick in the 34th minute before the Gryphs went ahead for good with a try two minutes later.

Jack Caylor and Andrew Douglas each scored a try for Guelph while John Sheridan kicked three penalty kicks and Cody Weese-Burton had one.

The Gryphs will play the winner of Saturday’s semifinal between the Laurier Golden Hawks and Queen’s Gaels in next weekend’s championship match.

If Queen’s wins that game, the final will be at Kingston. If Laurier wins that game, the final will be at Varsity Field.

Queen’s finished atop the 10-team league with an 8-0 record while Guelph was second at 7-1, McMaster third at 5-3 (27 points) and Laurier fourth at 5-3 (26 points).

  • Guelph Sports Journal