Men’s rugby runs down Warriors

Gaels score big on the road

After a season-opening loss to Guelph, the Gaels have picked up two victories in dominant fashion.
After a season-opening loss to Guelph, the Gaels have picked up two victories in dominant fashion.

Men’s rugby earned their second victory of the season without much trouble on Sunday afternoon in Waterloo.

The Gaels came away with a 74-16 win over the Waterloo Warriors, pushing their record through three games to 2-1.

Head coach Gary Gilks was satisfied with the victory.

“We maintained possession at key times,” he said via email. “We put good phases together. Ultimately we finished well.”

Although the result was never really in doubt, Gilks emphasized the importance of continuing strong play throughout the entire game.

“We always play to our game plan in preparation for stronger tests,” he said. “If we deviate from that, then we play into the opponent’s hands.”

Benjamin Oppenheimer led the way with three tries for the Gaels, while Marc Levin and Jeff MacDonald had two tries each of their own.

Gilks described Alex Colborne’s kicking as “excellent”, as the first-year hit five of six conversions to pick up 10 points for the Gaels. Will McArthur kicked two conversions of his own while also scoring a try. Single tries were scored for Queen’s by Brendan Blaikie, Matt Geisler, Eric Bleim and Cam Morrison for Queen’s.

Though the Gaels didn’t give up an exceptionally high point total against the Warriors, Gilks sees the opponent scoring as a teaching point for his players.

“It's better we concede and know why we conceded at this point in the season,” he said concerning giving up the 16 points. “The regular season is a learning process and we will make sure we fix the parts of our game that lead to tries.”

The Gaels take on the RMC Paladins Saturday at 3 p.m. at RMC.

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