Gryphon rugby men dropped by UBC at national tourney

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Guelph Gryphons were handed a 34-7 setback by the UBC Thunderbirds in their first game in the Canadian university men’s rugby championship tournament Thursday at Victoria’s Wallace Field.

UBC scored three tries and a penalty goal in the first half as the Thunderbirds led 22-0 at the half.

The Gryphs opened the second half with a try by Andrew Douglas that was converted by Mario Van Der Westhuizen.

That, though, was to be Guelph’s lone score of the game as UBC responded with two more tries.

William McDougall-Percillier led UBC with two tries, a penalty goal and three converts. Adding one try apiece were Cal Martinez, Daniel Archer and John Jubenville.

While the game was the first of the tournament for the Gryphs, it was UBC’s second as they had dropped the Concordia Stingers 41-8 Wednesday.

The Gryphs and Concordia are to play Friday at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to Sunday’s 2 p.m. bronze-medal match while the loser moves on to Saturday’s 5 p.m. fifth-place game.

  • Guelph Sports Journal