Gryphon rugby men to battle Queen’s for national bronze
KINGSTON – The Guelph Gryphons are to play for bronze Sunday in the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship tournament at Nixon Field on the Queen’s University campus.
The bronze-medal match is pit the OUA championship game opponents against one another again as the Gryphs are to play the Queen’s Gaels on the Gaels’ home field, same as in the league final at the beginning of the month that the Gryphs won 37-26.
Victoria 29 Guelph Gryphons 22
And there won’t be anything new in the national tournament final as a team based in British Columbia is guaranteed a title win as has been the case in each of the three previous tournaments as the Victoria Vikes, 29-22 victors over the Gryphs in Friday’s late semifinal, are to clash with rivals UBC Thunderbirds, 41-20 winners over Queen’s in the early semifinal.
Victoria is the defending champions as they won in 2019 after UBC won in 2017 and 2018.
Friday, three consecutive tries by Victoria proved to be Guelph’s undoing, although a late charge left the final gap at a converted try.
Two tries, one converted, in the final five minutes of the first half allowed Victoria to expand a two-point advantage into a 24-10 lead at halftime. The Vikes opened the second-half scoring five minutes into the half with the eventual game-winning try.
Max Goodwin, Alex Williamson, Colin Smibert and Luke McDonald each scored a try for the Gryphs while Colin Lynch booted a convert.
Victoria had tries from Ben Newhook, Carter White, Jonas Robinson, Zarija Djurickovic and Ethan Hager and two converts from Chris Gamage.
Jacob Ince was Guelph’s player of the match while Gabe Casey was Victoria’s player of the match.
The Gryphs and Queen’s are to battle Sunday at 1 p.m. in the bronze-medal match while the gold-medal game between UBC and Victoria is to follow at 3:30 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal