MRUG defeats Western to reach OUA Semifinals
Golden Hawks post first playoff win in modern history after 36-12 victory over Mustangs
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - Posted by Jamie Howieson
WATERLOO, Ont. (October 28, 2017) – On the strength of a pair of tries from Bastien Demas-Pandraud, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s rugby team won their first playoff game in modern team history on Saturday, defeating the Western Mustangs 36-12.
Having not won a playoff game since 1999, when team records began being tracked online, Laurier came out strong against Western, a team that owned an identical 5-3 record to the purple and gold.
Demas-Pandraud opened the scoring just over five minutes into the game with his first try of the game and that was followed shortly after by a try from Nathan Roberts of Waterloo, Ont.
That scoreline held up until late in the first half when Laurier and Western exchanged tries but a successful conversion from the Hawks left them up 19-5 at the break.
Western looked to begin their comeback early in the second half as Luc Hansen-Boucher of Vancouver, B.C., found the try line and the successful conversion left the Mustangs trailing by just seven.
However, Demas-Pandraud quickly restored a comfortable cushion with his second try of the afternoon and the Hawks sealed the victory with a pair of late tries to advance to the OUA Semifinals for the first time.
Andrew Quattrin of Holland Landing, Ont., Matthew Fish of Waterloo, Ont., and Jackson Smith of Erin, Ont., all finished with single tries on the day while Roberts added three conversions to finish the game with 11 points.
The Hawks will now meet the top team in the OUA this season, the Queen’s Gaels, in the semifinals. Stay tuned to laurierathletics.com for complete playoff details.
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