2021 U Sports Women’s Rugby Championships: Round two recap

Gaels, Gee-Gees facing off on Sunday for national title

Gaels' Sophie de Geode preparing for a two-point conversion kick

Game 1—Guelph Gryphons vs StFX X-Women

The first game to kick of the tournament’s second round, both the Guelph Gryphons and the StFX X-Women fought hard to remain in contention for a spot in the consolation finals on Sunday. Only one team, however, came out victorious, and it was none other than the reigning OUA champions themselves.

Although they were put on the back foot early by a sixth minute try by StFX’s Maddy Harroun, the Gryphons fought back hard throughout the first half, establishing a lead that would see them through to the end of regulation. With their win, the Gryphons advance to the consolation finals on Sunday, where they’ll fight for a fifth or sixth place finish in the tournament.

Final score: 32-12 Gryphons.


Game 2—UBC Thunderbirds vs. Acadia Axewomen

Friday’s second outing saw a clash of coastal teams—the outcome of which ultimately landed in favour of the UBC thunderbirds. Scoring a tournament-high 64 points in their win over the Acadia Axewomen, the Thunderbirds certainly had something to prove after dropping their first-round fixture against the Queen’s Gaels, and did so in a spectacular fashion. They recorded ten tries in the game to Acadia’s three. For their efforts, the T-Birds land a spot in the consolation finals against Guelph on Sunday, with kick-off starting at 10 a.m.

Final score: 64-17 Thunderbirds.


Game 3—UVic Vikes vs. uOttawa Gee-Gees

As the sun descended on Nixon Field Friday evening, the Gee-Gees and Vikes stepped onto the pitch for the third game of the day—and neither of them disappointed. With a spot in the Championship final on the line, the Vikes and Gee-Gees kept pace with each other throughout both halves, matching each other 14-14 as the whistle for overtime blew. 10 minutes later, neither team had scored any additional points, and so double overtime ensued. In the end, a crunch-time field goal from the Gee-Gees would set them a cut above the Victorians, sending the Gee-Gees to the national finals and dropping the Vikes down into the race for third place on Sunday.

Final Score: 17-14 Gee-Gees.


Game 4—Queen’s Gaels vs. Laval Rouge et Or

Two years ago, Queen’s and Laval met each other in the 2019 U Sports Championship finals, with the latter coming out victorious. Thankfully, on Friday evening, the Gaels finally got their retribution, as they were the ones holding their heads high after their 7:30 p.m. matchup against the Rouge et Or. The second game of Friday night to go to 2OT, both teams fought tooth and nail for the second spot in this year’s championship round, but after two overtime tries made by the Gaels’ own Siobhan Sheerin, the Gaels punched their ticket to advance, and the Rouge et Or conceded a defeat that lands them in contention for Bronze on Sunday afternoon. With their win, the Gaels will face the uOttawa Gee-Gees for gold at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Final score: 28-18 Gaels.

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