Win in Waterloo

Men's rugby beats the Waterloo Warriors 22-12

The men’s rugby team beat the Waterloo Warriors 22-12 on Friday, but interim head coach Gary Gilks said his team lacked cohesion.

“We had a slow start and it took a while to get anything going,” Gilks said. “The forwards and the backs didn’t link well together, pretty much the whole game.”

Tim Richardson, Pat Richardson and Matt Kelly all scored tries to take the Gaels to 2-0 on the season.

Gilks said the strategy ahead of next week’s game against the McMaster Marauders is to strengthen communication between players on the field.

“There were some players that were trying to do it all on their own, so I think it’s important for us to work in groups … as opposed to individual work,” he said.

The Gaels were bolstered by flyhalf Liam Underwood’s return to the lineup. Underwood, who missed last season with a dislocated ankle, played in his first game since 2009. He missed last week’s opener against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues while at Canada Rugby Sevens training camp in Victoria.

Underwood, who scored seven points on two conversions and a penalty kick, said the team didn’t execute their game plan against the Warriors.

“We wanted to try and keep the ball tight and challenge them with our forwards just … and I think we kind of got away from that,” he said. The men host the 2-0 McMaster Marauders at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Tindall field.

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