Rivalry revisited

Before men’s rugby plays the 4-0 Western Mustangs Saturday, the Journal looks at five recent classics between the two teams

Oct. 29, 2006

OUA semifinal: Queen’s 10-15 Western

In muddy conditions in London, the Gaels made several early mistakes and trailed 15-0 at the half. Spencer Cameron and Beau Chapman got tries to make it 15-10, but the Gaels couldn’t score again. The Gaels lost the bronze medal match against the Brock Badgers.

Oct. 13, 2007

OUA regular season: Queen’s 16-13 Western

The Gaels beat the Mustangs for the first time since 2001 in front of more than 1,000 fans at Kingston Field. Captain James Potter scored an early try and his team led 13-6 at the half. Two fights broke out in the second half, but the Gaels held on for the win. The teams met again in the OUA semifinal where the Gaels won 18-13.

Sept. 20, 2008

OUA regular season:

Queen’s 12-12 Western

The Gaels scored in the last minute to earn a tie in London. Down 12-7 late in the game, flanker Pat Richardson scored his second try to tie it, but centre Ryan Kruyne missed the potential game-winning conversion. The Gaels beat the Mustangs 19-8 in the OUA semifinal a month later.

Oct. 3, 2009

OUA regular season:

Queen’s 13-12 Western

The Gaels won 13-12 to move to first place in the OUA.

Eight-man Tim Richardson scored the team’s only try while centre Ryan Kruyne had a conversion and two penalty kicks for the team’s first win in London since 2001.

Nov. 14, 2009

OUA final:

Queen’s 23-19 Western

The Gaels capped off a perfect 10-0 season by defeating the Mustangs to win their first OUA championship since 2001. Western led midway through the second half but a late try from Chris Barrett put the Gaels up late in the game to win the gold medal.

— Source: Journal Archives, compiled by Gilbert Coyle

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