CALGARY – The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds scored 40 straight points to defeat the University of Victoria Vikes, 47-13, at the Canada West Women’s Rugby Championship Sunday afternoon from McMahon Stadium.
A close game in the first half, the T-Birds exploded out of the gates in the second half to flee with their second straight CW title.
“In the first half we were a bit there, but we were just doing things that were wrong,” UBC head coach Dean Murten noted. âWe just had a few little things we needed to polish. The girls are improving to fix things and I’m really happy with the way they played. Great performance.â
Victoria opened the scoring that day, walking the field and entering the board with a penalty goal from Alexia Pusch in the ninth minute.
The T-Birds responded just three minutes later as Alayna scramstad for the first test of the day, followed by Savannah Bauder’s first of his five converts to make 7-3.
As the Vikes drove in an attempt to respond, the UBC Madison Gold played the passing lanes perfectly and landed a full-back and managed to fend off the Victoria players in an attempt to extend the lead to 14-3.
Savannah Bauder added his own try with a 55-yard sprint, dividing the defense in midfield and leaving the defense chasing as UBC held a 19-3 lead at the break.
At the start of the second, Florence symond got on the edge and outshined his defender before another long distance run to quickly increase the score to 26-3.
The T-Bird offensive continued to be successful wherever it seemed Mikiela nelson passed the defense for another try, before Piper logan added another 40-yard run to take the lead to 40-3 in the 54th minute.
The Vikes continued to show their fight, adding tries from Bethany Cudmore and Emerald Maze midway through the second half, but that wasn’t enough to overcome Victoria’s lack of depth as 10 players were called up. in the Canadian national team before this weekend. .
“I thought it was a hotly contested game for both teams,” said Vikes head coach Brittany Waters. âIn the beginning, in particular, things came and went and then UBC ran away at the end. I thought we had a good start – we just couldn’t complete our opportunities. We left a lot of tries. There. We got into their end zone, right off their try line, but unfortunately we just couldn’t capitalize on our opportunities today. “
The gold medal is the second in program history for UBC, who now win two in a row as they prepare for a return trip to the national championships.
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“We are in a good position,” said Morat. âWe recruited hard. The girls worked really hard. And we have a great staff of coaches and supporters – administrative and other support. We are going in the right direction and the next challenge is once again to compete in the championships. nationals. and do better than last time we were there. I think we’re better prepared for this, but who knows what’s going on in the east. “
Meanwhile, the Vikes are building on a bronze medal a season ago and are excited as they head to this year’s U SPORTS Championship.
âAt the start of this year, we wanted to qualify for the national championships. That was our goal, âsaid Waters. âWe had a bit of bad luck with injuries and we had a number of players who went to play for the national team. The fact that we are going to the national championships is going to be great for the development of this team next year. “
This year’s U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship kicks off November 11 and is hosted by Queens University in Kingston, Ont.
SUMMARY OF RATING
9 ‘UVIC – Penalty goal from Alexie Pusch, 0-3
12 ‘UBC – Alayna scramstad try (convert Savannah Baunder), 7-3
24 ‘UBC – Madison Gold try (Savannah Baunder converted), 14-3
35 ‘UBC – Savannah Bauder try (Savannah Baunder converted), 19-3
48 ‘UBC – Florence symond to try (Savannah Bauder convert), 26-3
51 ‘UBC – Mikiela nelson to try (Savannah Bauder convert), 33-3
54 ‘UBC – Piper logan to try (Shoshanah Seumanutafa convert), 40-3
57 ‘UVIC – Bethany Cudmore try, 40-8
61 ‘UBC – Shoshanah Seumanutafa to try (Savannah Bauder convert), 47-8
68 ‘UVIC – Test Emerald Maze, 47-13