Guelph Gryphons run away with seventh-place game

MONTREAL – The Guelph Gryphons made certain that they were not going to finish eighth in the eight-team Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship tournament Saturday.

The Gryphs clobbered the UNB RFC Ironmen 79-5 in the seventh-place game.

The locals came from behind for the win, too, as UNB scored the opening try two minutes into the match. However, the Gryphs had the score tied nine minutes later and shot ahead seven minutes after that. Four tries in 11 minutes pushed Guelph to a 29-5 lead at halftime and they added eight tries in the second half, never going more than five minutes without scoring a try.

Darien Hewey struck for three tries for the Gryphs while Colin Smibert had two and Cody Weese-Burton had one and also kicked seven converts. Adding one try apiece were Mitch Talbot, Kirk Addai Sarfo, Riley Di Nardo, Quenton McLean Lavado, Jason Simmonds, Mitch King and Aaron Pacha.

Logan Crawford had the try for New Brunswick.

The 79 points were the most scored by one team in a single game in the tournament through its first four days.

The Brock Badgers won the fifth-place game (consolation final) 26-14 over the McGill Redmen.

Sunday, the Queen’s Gaels and Concordia Stingers are to meet in the bronze-medal game at 10:30 a.m. and the Victoria Vikes and UBC Thunderbirds are to clash in the gold-medal match at 1 p.m.


  • Guelph Sports Journal