Gryphon rugby men topple Marauders to stay unbeaten
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons kept their unbeaten record in OUA men’s rugby play this season as they downed the McMaster Marauders 62-14 on the University of Guelph’s South Field Saturday afternoon.
The win was the fourth in as many outings. The Gryphs have outscored their opponents 194-62.
The Gryphs gave up the opening score of the game, a penalty kick, the locals responded by running to a 24-6 lead by halftime.
Tomas Dallan led the Gryphs with two tries and a convert while Nathan Cousseau-Dupin had two tries, Kobe Faust had three converts and Owen Stirling also had a try.
The Gryphs have two games left on their regular-season schedule starting with a match against the Queen’s Gaels (also 4-0) on the South Field next Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Gryphon women wrapped up their regular season Friday night in London with a 69-3 whitewash of the Western Mustangs.
The Gryphs led 29-3 at halftime.
Jenna Lawrence had a penalty kick for Western’s lone score of the game.
Gryphon scorers were unavailable.
The Gryphs finish the regular season in second place at 5-1. Queen’s Gaels top the league at 6-0 while the Western Mustangs and McMaster Marauders are both at 4-2, Brock Badgers and Toronto Varsity Blues are at 3-3, Trent Excalibur are at 2-4 and the Waterloo Warriors, York Lions and Laurier Golden Hawks are each at 1-5.
Bonus point for a loss by seven points or less and a bonus point for scoring at least four tries in a game have to be taken into account and should break the ties.
The playoffs are to start next weekend and the Gryphs are to host a quarter-final match. Date, time and opponents have to be decided.
If Guelph wins that game, it will also host a semifinal game the final weekend.
If Queen’s advances to the championship match, the Gaels will host that game Oct. 29.
If the Gaels are eliminated in either the semifinals or quarter-finals and the Gryphs survive to the league final, Guelph will host the championship game.
The championship-game combatants are to represent the conference in the U Sports championship tournament in Victoria, B.C., Nov. 2 to 6.
- Guelph Sports Journal