Bishop’s Men’s Rugby Rum­bles Into Semi­fi­nals

Stanstead Journal - - CLASSIFIEDS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

LTNixon booted through a penalty in the 68th minute of Satur­day’s RSEQ Univer­sity Men’s Rugby quar­ter-fi­nal con­test to give Bishop’s a 15-7 ad­van­tage, a lead they did not re­lin­quish as they beat the Sher­brooke Vert et Or. The win on home soil punched the Gaiters ticket to the RSEQ semi­fi­nal.

On a cool but clear day the Gaiters (4-2-1) re­newed hos­til­i­ties with cross-town foe Sher­brooke (0-7). De­spite the dif­fer­ence in records, Bishop’s had only beaten Sher­brooke 19-17 in their lone reg­u­lar sea­son meet­ing. Satur­day’s quar­ter-fi­nal promised to be a scary one for the Gaiters and not just be­cause the squads kicked off on Hal­loween af­ter­noon.

A num­ber of the Gaiters and Vert et Or play club rugby to­gether in the sum­mer and that fa­mil­iar­ity seemed to play to the ad­van­tage of the un­der­dog early on. A slow start had the teams score­less through 25 min­utes. In the 27th minute a Vert et Or player was shown to the sin bin will a yel­low card. Bishop’s took ad­van­tage less than three min­utes later when Scott Best (Ot­tawa) cap­i­tal­ized and scored the first points of the game, a try that was con­verted by Nixon (Hong Kong).

Sher­brooke re­sponded by work­ing to re­gain mo­men­tum and punched in a try of their own as the first half came to a close. A suc­cess­ful con­ver­sion meant at half­time the teams were knot­ted at 7-7.

Bishop’s didn’t al­low the big­ger Sher­brooke for­wards to push them around. Their tac­ti­cal play and speedy backs took over for most of the sec­ond half. Bishop’s con­stant pres­sure re­sulted in a try from Robbie McGovern (Bring­ham, Que.) in the 44th minute, al­though the con­ver­sion was un­suc­cess­ful. The Gaiters con­tin­ued to pres­sure but could not find pay dirt. Fi­nally when they were awarded a penalty in the 68th minute Nixon booted through the three points and made it a two-score con­test. Sher­brooke des­per­ately tried to ap­ply pres­sure but to no avail and when the referee blew his fi­nal whis­tle Bishop’s was on top 15-7.

“I think we con­trolled the game for the most part,” said Gaiters head coach Charles Goode. “We need to take ad­van­tage of more of our scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties if we are go­ing to con­tinue to be suc­cess­ful but all in all it was a very good game from us.”

Watch Coach Goode’s com­plete post-game in­ter­view: https:// youtu.be/fOucRHHTgq8

Next up for the Gaiters they travel to Montreal to face the Carabins on Fri­day, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. Bishop’s beat Montreal (5-2) ear­lier this year at Coul­ter Field in the only meet­ing be­tween the two. A ticket to the RSEQ Cham­pi­onship will be on the line. McGill (6-0-1) will host ETS (1-6-0) in the sec­ond RSEQ semi­fi­nal. ETS stunned the de­fend­ing RSEQ Cham­pion Con­cor­dia Stingers in the other quar­ter-fi­nal on Fri­day night. Women’s Soc­cer

Tiffany Smith (Oshawa, Ont.) scored twice on Sun­day as the Gaiters played their fi­nal game of the 2015 RSEQ Univer­sity soc­cer cam­paign but it was not enough as host UQTR found the back of the net on three oc­ca­sions to stun the Gaiters for their first win of the year. The Bishop’s loss comes on the heels of a 3-0 loss to the Montreal Carabins on Fri­day night on Coul­ter Field. The Gaiters wrap-up their 2015 sea­son with a 0-12-2 mark.

Stay up-to-date with every­thing Bishop’s Gaiters at www. gaiters.ca or on so­cial me­dia us­ing @Bish­op­sGaiters.

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