Two different style of games resulted in two victories. as the Heat defeated U of C Dinos 24-5 and the Mount Royal Cougars 38-25 in Calgary this past weekend.
|Sat Oct 4 (Calgary, AB)||FINAL|
|Dinos Rugby Club||5|
|Sun Oct 5 (Calgary, AB)||FINAL|
|Mount Royal Rugby Club||25|
CALGARY, AB – In a Hindson Cup primer the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s rugby club travelled to Calgary this past weekend and soundly defeated bot the Calgary Dinos’ Rugby Club and the Moutn Royal University Rugby Club.
Saturday afternoon the Heat took down the Dinos 24-5 and on Sunday in a more offensive game the Heat completed the weekend sweep with a 38-25 victory.
Following the two victories Ken Krohman, a founder of the Heat Rugby club remarked that the trip was a success and the team had “two solid performances against the two Calgary university sides.”
Saturday’s match against the Dinos initially looked to be a one sided affair with UBC Okanagan outplaying the host squad with effective back play and aggressive tackling.
The Dinos responded in the second half by slowing the game with more physical play utilizing their size advantage among the forwards. The shift in the game plan by U of C resulted in a spirited match and reflected the physical history of these two squads previous’ matchups.
In the end the Heat were up to the challenge with a U of C unable to break through the UBC Okanagan’s defense and the teams battled through a scoreless second, leaving the Heat with the decided victory over the Alberta university league number one ranked team.
After the physical nature of Saturday’s game and playing a second full match in back to back days Heat coach Chris Haynes started the game with a much different and younger lineup than on Saturday.
The different personal still played well as UBC Okanagan had a clear advantage with the ball in hand that produced an early lead as the younger starters played with confidence and displayed good pace.
Mount Royal produced solid spurts of offense in addition to capitalizing on the odd Heat defensive lapse to keep within striking distance on the scoreboard.
It was a one point game early in the second half when coach Haynes began to sprinkle a few of the first team positional players into the lineup. That boost proved to be too much for Mount Royal as the Heat pushed on for the 38-25 victory.
University of Calgary will have a chance to revenge its loss to UBC Okanagan when they and the University of Alberta squad travel to Kelowna for the Heat’s 4th Annual Hindson Cup to be played on Saturday, October 24 at the City Park Oval.
The Hindson Cup is a full day of Rugby and will include four match ups with Simon Fraser University rounding out the BC representation in the tournament draw.
All games will be played at the City Park Oval with the feature match being the UBC Okanagan versus U of C rematch with a 2:45 p.m. kickoff.
The day will also feature the recent BC Plate winners, the UBC Okanagan Heat women taking on Cowichan RFC in a BC Rugby Union league game. The women kick off at 12 p.m.
~ With notes from Ken Krohman (UBC Okanagan Heat men’s rugby)