Ax­e­women rugby im­prove to 2-0 with 77-7 win over Huskies

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS -

The Saint Mary’s Huskies dropped their home opener 77-7 Sept. 17 to the Aca­dia Ax­e­women in At­lantic Univer­sity Sport rugby ac­tion.

In a game marred by han­dling er­rors, the AUS con­fer­ence run­ners-up last sea­son sprinted out to a 34-7 half­time lead be­fore sec­ond-half scores of 49-7, 54-7, and the fi­nal try at 77-7.

Aca­dia wasted lit­tle time get­ting on the board when sec­ond year prop Emma Pflei­derer rum­bled over the try line to give Aca­dia an early 5-0 lead less than five min­utes into the game.

Natasha John­son (2), An­nie Kennedy, Ta­mara Dondi and Danielle Wisen also all scored in the first half, while SMU scored a lone con­verted try from Julie Nau­gler (con­verted by Elisn Red­shaw) for a 34-7 half­time score.

Aca­dia quickly got to work in the sec­ond half. Laura Pflei­derer, So­phie Pickard and Ta­mara Dondi all scored for Aca­dia within the first 10 min­utes of the frame.

Har­ley Tucker and Monique Cof­fey added sec­ond half trys af­ter sev­eral hard runs that had the Huskies scram­bling to re­set their de­fence. Ta­mara Dondi, Danielle Wisen and Laura Pflei­derer scored sec­ond try’s in the sec­ond half and Laura Pflei­derer added four sec­ond half con­ver­sions.

De­spite the lop­sided score, Aca­dia head coach Matthew Du­rant said the team could be play­ing bet­ter.

“It is a dif­fi­cult thing to be crit­i­cal when you win by 70 points, but we did a lot of lit­tle things poorly to­day,” said Du­rant. “En­cour­ag­ingly, our team rec­og­nizes how poor we were at times and they are as frus­trated as the coach­ing staff. I was re­ally pleased with some of the per­for­mances to­day, but some peo­ple cer­tainly didn’t put in their best ef­forts. We will need to be bet­ter go­ing for­ward.”

With the win, the Ax­e­women im­prove to 2-0 and sit tied atop the AUS standings with the STFX X-women, last year’s na­tional cham­pi­ons. The two lead­ers will face off when Aca­dia vis­its STFX Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.

Nick Pearce

Aca­dia’s An­nie Kennedy avoids a Saint Mary’s player dur­ing Sept. 17 ac­tion, which saw the rugby Ax­e­women win 77-7.

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