2018 Canadian University Rugby Championship

Gryphon rugby men fourth in national tournament

KINGSTON – The Guelph Gryphons completed their season with a fourth-place finish in the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship tournament Sunday.

In a rematch of the OUA final, the league-champion Gryphons fell 13-5 to the Queen’s Gaels in the national bronze-medal game on Nixon Field, the home field of the Gaels.

Queen’s 13 Guelph Gryphons 5

Queen’s shot ahead for good two minutes into Sunday’s game on a try by Noah King and a convert by Thomas Kirkwood.

The Gryphons answered back five minutes later on Colin Smibert’s try. However, the convert was missed.

The Gaels added three more points on a penalty convert by Kirkwood 15 minutes into the game.

That would end up giving the hosts a 10-5 lead at halftime as the next points, the final ones of the game, came 10 minutes into the second half on another penalty convert by Kirkwood.

The UBC Thunderbirds won the tournament title for the third time with a 39-7 victory over the Victoria Vikes in the gold-medal match.

UBC had previously won the inaugural tournament in 2017 in Guelph at Alumni Stadium 37-12 over Victoria and the 2018 title at Victoria 21-10 over Queen’s. The Vikes edged UBC 21-20 in the 2019 final at Concordia in Montreal while the 2020 tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Guelph Sports Journal