Gryphon rugby men claim their spot in playoffs

WATERLOO – The Guelph Gryphons clinched a playoff berth in the OUA men’s rugby league with a last-minute try as they slipped by the Laurier Golden Hawks 44-38 Friday at Waterloo’s University Stadium.

The Gryphs scored the first and last tries of the match and they led 25-12 at halftime. The locals also added a pair of tries early in the second half to stretch their lead to 37-12 before Laurier rallied to go ahead 38-37 in the 79th minute.

But the Gryphs didn’t roll over as they came back in injury time with Colin Smibert scoring the game-winning try, his second try of the game, to grab the win.

Other scorers for the Gryphs were not available.

Matt Fish, Owen McLean Lavado, Cameron Sandison, Malik James, Ryan Davies and Dom Johnson each had a try for Laurier while Adam McNee added four converts.

The Gryphs lead the West Division as they’re at 4-1 and have four bonus points for scoring four or more tries in four of their games. That gives them 20 points and secures them a spot in the top three in the division. Top three qualify for the playoffs with the first-place finisher getting a bye in the opening round.

The Gryphs are to complete their regular season Friday when they host the second-place Brock Badgers (3-2, 16 points) at Varsity Field. Game time is 7 p.m.

 

Gryphons 44 Golden Hawks 38
Guelph     25-19–44
Laurier     12-26–38
 
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