Men’s rugby walks away with a win during season home opener

The men’s rugby team had strong defense on Saturday. (Shannon Cornelius/AQ)

The St. Thomas University men’s rugby team won a well-played game against the Mount Allison Mounties Saturday night.

The game started off well with Johnathan Ginnish scoring within the first five minutes of the game. Cameron Gillis kicked it in to make the score 7-0.

The men were all over the field as the Tommies made good passes with quick hands. There were a few scuffles on the field between the Tommies and the Mounties throughout the game.

The Tommies made hard tackles and hard drives towards the goal line.


The drives paid off as Lyndon Pugh scored minutes before the end of the first half, and the defence was able to hold the Mounties at the end and keep them from scoring, leaving the score 12-0 at half.

The team huddles up to get some advice from head coach Curtis Lauzon. (Shannon Cornelius/AQ)

The Tommies came back in the second half with the same fight as Zach Klassan scored in under 10 minutes. Shortly after there was an injury on the field, taking one of the Tommies out for the rest of the game.

The Mounties were able to come back and score 15 minutes in and made a successful kick, making the score 17-7.

However, Zach Lakes was able to score five minutes later, thanks to the Mounties sloppy hands and his hard drives toward the goal.


Zach Lakes helped to keep the Mounties from scoring in the first half of the game. (Shannon Cornelius/AQ

The defence kept the Mounties out of their end zone and driving them back to their half where Brad Sears was able to score with less than two minutes left in the half. The kick made by Gillis was successful, ending the game and making the final score 29-7.

Head coach Curtis Lauzon was very impressed with the team. He and his fellow coaching staff all agreed their defence had improved.

“We had excellent line speed and guys were making good decisions,” said Lauzon. “Still plenty to work on but the guys seem to be committed to continuing to improve as a team.”

The men will take on the University of New Brunswick Ironmen in a battle of the hill on Oct. 4 at home.


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