Guelph Redcoats run over Toronto Nomads in OWL Cup play
GUELPH – The Guelph Redcoats opened the Ontario Women’s League OWL Cup First Team rugby playoffs with a whitewash of the Toronto Nomads Saturday at Exhibition Park.
The Redcoats scored six tries in the first half on their way to a 69-10 victory.
The Nomads scored all of their points in the final 12 minutes of the match.
The Redcoats finished the regular season in second place in the West Division at 7-3-0 while the Nomads were third in the East Division at 4-6-0.
The Nomads did defeat the Redcoats 45-26 in league play July 6 at Exhibition Park. However, the locals were missing several of their starters due to commitments with the Canadian national and national university squads.
The Aurora Barbarians had a similar match Saturday with the Niagara Wasps as the Barbarians prevailed 74-22.
The Redcoats and Barbarians advance in the Cup playoffs and they’ll be joined by the Brantford Harlequins (8-2-0) and Toronto Saracens (8-2-0). They finished atop their divisions, Brantford in the West and the Saracens in the East.
Next Cup games are the semifinals set for Aug. 10 while the medal matches are slated for Aug. 17.
NRU Men A1
The Redcoats scored another win over the Sarnia Saints as the locals prevailed 26-20 Saturday at Sarnia.
The Redcoats scored four tries in the match, one more than Sarnia.
The Guelph side had defeated Sarnia 35-24 at Exhibition Park July 6.
Saturday’s win pushed the Redcoats to the top of the league at 8-1-0 while the Saints are second at 7-3-0.
The league has a single game left as the Redcoats are to host the third-place Niagara Wasps (7-2-0) Aug. 10 at Exhibition Park at 3 p.m. in a make-up game for one that was postponed in May.
That game will decide the final finishing positions for the top three – Guelph, Sarnia and Niagara.
NRU Men A2
Like their A1 clubmates, the Redcoats recorded another victory over the Sarnia Saints in league play Saturday at Sarnia.
The Redcoats scored five tries in a 31-24 victory. Sarnia had four tries.
Guelph had won 33-15 on their home field July 6.
First place in the league is to be decided Aug. 10 when the Redcoats and Niagara Wasps clash at Exhibition Park in a match that was postponed in May.
Niagara leads the division at 8-1-0 while the Redcoats are second at 7-2-0 and Sarnia third at 6-4-0. Sarnia has completed its regular season.
- Guelph Sports Journal