OUA Division II Rugby Final

OUA Division II Rugby Final

Post by Gary Wagne » Tue, 10 Nov 1998 04:00:00


BROCK UNIVERSITY CAPTURES THEIR FIRST EVER ONTARIO UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS
MEN'S RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

Toronto, Canada - November 7, 1998

The Brock University Badgers defeated the University of Toronto Varsity
Blues by a close score of 10 - 9 to win their first OUA Division II
championship on a cool day in Toronto. The Badgers scored two
unconverted tries to the Blues' three penalties to take the match.
Defence loomed large in this contest, and the Badgers survived with a
desperate goal-line tackle in the late going, and a missed injury time
penalty to Toronto that would have sealed their fate. Full marks to the
Badger coaching staff and the players for an excellent season. Thank you
U of T for your gracious hospitality during the post-game celebration.

Gary Wagner
Old Badgers Rugby Club
Brock University Rugby Alumni
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OUA Division II Rugby Final

Post by Bryan R » Wed, 11 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>The Brock University Badgers defeated the University of Toronto Varsity
>Blues by a close score of 10 - 9 to win their first OUA Division II
>championship on a cool day in Toronto. The Badgers scored two
>unconverted tries to the Blues' three penalties to take the match.
>Defence loomed large in this contest, and the Badgers survived with a
>desperate goal-line tackle in the late going, and a missed injury time
>penalty to Toronto that would have sealed their fate. Full marks to the
>Badger coaching staff and the players for an excellent season. Thank you
>U of T for your gracious hospitality during the post-game celebration.

Well, I was at the game, and took a bunch of pictures, and I have to
say I was much more impressed with the Badgers than the Blues. I play
for the Balmy Beach club, and play with Greg Haley, Chris Johnson, and
Andrew Bushe, and with those three there you should have a fine team
next season. Haley in particular, captain in only his second season,
is a fantastic young backrower, one of the best I've seen in a long
time. I thought he played very well with some powerful bursts. I like
him in his openside role. Johnson also played a strong game. Your
fullback was ok, but seeing that game made me wonder why you would
leave a player the calibre of Andrew Bushe on the bench in favor of
the young lad that was played at fullback. I'm sure he's a better
kicker than he showed, but Bushe is a very good kicker as well, and
has loads of pace and will tackle anyone. I liked your back line
attack, the big right winger in particular ran very well. I think your
outside center, with no lack of size, needs to work on body position
when running into the tackle, because he constantly ran into contact
almost straight up, and lost the ball at least twice. Your flyhalf
played well, and your scrumhalf has a very good pass, but made a
couple silly decisions. I was very impressed with your blindside
flanker, and also both your second rows. Big, athletic boys like that
are hard to come by. Your number eight was big and aggressive, but he
had a case of the fumbles in the first half. All in all, a strong
effort.
As for U of T, their best player by far IMO was their second row, a
teammate and close friend of mine, Rob Ireland. Really a backrower
(the Beach like to play him at openside on the mens 3rds), I thought
he showed some good aggressive play all over the field, something he
has lacked for some time. Their captain, Neil the scruffy guy flanker,
was very tough as well, but missed a couple tackles, and got
absolutely run over by Johnson once. Their flyhalf certainly has a
strong boot, and you should consider yourselves lucky that he missed
the last kick, and believe me it wasn't by much. The rest of their
backline left much to be desired, though their forwards played fairly
well, their tighthead prop / *** in particular made some telling
runs.

Good luck next year in division 1. You have some bright young talents
and should at least provide stiff competition for the big boys. I hope
to be competing against you with the Western squad next year, though
it's gonna be tough to crack the 1sts. A strong effort, and a well
deserved victory. Have a good rest over the winter.

Bryan Ray

 
 
 

OUA Division II Rugby Final

Post by Mark Bryan » Thu, 12 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Which reminds me the Canadian University rugby championship tournament
will be taking place this month from Nov. 19-21 in Victoria.  The
University of Victoria won last year and I would think are favourites
again this year.  I'd be interested to know which Eastern teams will be
travelling to the tournament.  

Mark Bryant

Quote:

> BROCK UNIVERSITY CAPTURES THEIR FIRST EVER ONTARIO UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS
> MEN'S RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

> Toronto, Canada - November 7, 1998

> The Brock University Badgers defeated the University of Toronto Varsity
> Blues by a close score of 10 - 9 to win their first OUA Division II
> championship on a cool day in Toronto. The Badgers scored two
> unconverted tries to the Blues' three penalties to take the match.
> Defence loomed large in this contest, and the Badgers survived with a
> desperate goal-line tackle in the late going, and a missed injury time
> penalty to Toronto that would have sealed their fate. Full marks to the
> Badger coaching staff and the players for an excellent season. Thank you
> U of T for your gracious hospitality during the post-game celebration.

> Gary Wagner
> Old Badgers Rugby Club
> Brock University Rugby Alumni
> -- 30 --