March 2, 2024

Match Recap: Trinity Western University at UW

On march 2nd, the Dawgs had a rematch against Trinity Western University's 15s rugby team

Saturday, the Dawgs had a rematch against Trinity Western University, who had previously beaten us 89 to 0 away, 3 weeks ago. We traveled light without six starters.

Today was a different story. It rained, snowed, and hailed before the sun came out, then back to hail. Our game plan to play a tighter game and kick deep into their territory mostly went as designed, with an emphasis on defensive pressure. Our line speed and intensity forced many knock-ons throughout the game.

Trinity scored first at 26 minutes. We responded a few minutes later with Fly-half Christian Mirich dotting down (UW 7 - 5 TWU). A second try on a big line break by flanker Brian Cain put us at 14-5. Unfortunately, Trinity responded with two tries right before the half, all unconverted.


The Huskies knew it was their game to win, and fought hard through the half, starting off with an unconverted try by 8-man-turned-outside center Josef (Pepi) Dostal, who ran aggressive lines all day off our flyhalf and inside center. (UW 19-15 TWU) We held them for the next 35 minutes, up by 4 points, before they finally broke through and scored the game-winning try and conversion. With one final opportunity, UW kept possession for a few phases before losing the ball in contact.


The much-improved Huskies gained confidence from a comeback of this magnitude. 89-0 three weeks ago seemed like last year, and a whole new team even though it was only 6 players who hadn't faced them before, and the same TWU team. Going in, they had worked hard on their fitness and defense over the last 3 weeks, and it showed.

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