Columbia athletics

‘The birds seek to build momentum against the Dinos

The UBC Thunderbirds (2-0), ranked 4th in U SPORTS, will go for their third consecutive Canada West victory on Sunday, October 3.rdas they host the Calgary Dinos (1-0) at 1:00 p.m. PST at the Gerald McGavin UBC Rugby Centre.



After leading the conference offensively in its championship-winning 2019 season, UBC has already scored 91 points in two games this season while allowing just 20 points against when they are four points clear of the Pronghorns in Lethbridge at the top of the Canada West rankings. The depth of the T-Birds has been on display early and often with seven different ‘Birds tries so far – with contributions from both veterans and first-year Thunderbirds.

 

While the Thunderbirds had back-to-back wins in the young season, UBC head coach Dean Morat still sees areas his team can improve as it enters its third week of conference play.

“I want the team to play faster than we did in our first two games and defend hard to get the ball back because we can’t win without the ball,” Murten said. “As a coaching group, we want the players to keep trying things. Sometimes it may not work out, but we have to keep trying to build game after game.”

Murten knows the ‘Birds will be in a battle against visiting Calgary.

“We haven’t beaten the Dinos at UBC in a long time,” Murten said. “They are a very physical team with multiple threats on the pitch which make them difficult to defend against. They are well trained and will be very determined to win the physical battle.”

Kally King v.  Calgary, September 23, 2018

Calgary defeated the Pronghorns in a close 12-6 game in Week 1 and will face the University of Victoria Vikes on Thursday, September 30.andahead of their meeting with the defending champion ‘Birds this weekend.


The live stream of the Sunday morning Alumni Game is available on Canada West TV.