Gryphons stung by Concordia’s second-half penalty goal

MONTREAL – A penalty goal early in the second half proved to be the difference in the game as the Guelph Gryphons were edged 10-7 by the host Concordia Stingers in the final game of the opening day of the Canadian university men’s rugby championship tournament Thursday.

Aidan McMullan’s penalty goal in the 45th minute gave Concordia a 10-0 lead at the time.

Giacomo Passarelli followed with a try for the Gryphs nine minutes later in the tournament quarter-final match. Aria Keshoofy kicked the convert.

Stephen Martinez opened the scoring with a try for the Stingers in the fourth minute of the defensive battle. McMullan booted the convert.

The other quarter-final matches saw the Victoria Vikes demolish the New Brunswick Ironmen 48-0, Queen’s Gaels down the McGill Redmen 36-10 and the British Columbia Thunderbirds drop the Brock Badgers 56-10.

The Gryphs and Brock are to tangle in a consolation semifinal Thursday at 2:30 p.m. UNB and McGill are to play in the other consolation semifinal Thursday at 12 p.m.

The championship semifinals are slated for Friday with Victoria and Queen’s to square off at 12 p.m. and UBC and Concordia to battle at 2:30 p.m.

The Gryphs are to play Saturday in either the seventh-place game at 12 p.m. or the consolation final (fifth-place game) at 2:30 p.m. Thursday’s winners are to play in the fifth-place game and Thursday’s losers are to play in the seventh-place game.

The medal games are scheduled for Sunday. Friday’s losers are to battle in the 10:30 a.m. bronze-medal match while Thursday’s victors are tot angle in the gold-medal match at 1 p.m.

 

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