Photo By: Stephen Leithwood

After a thrilling comeback last week during the Badgers’ season opener against Western (13-12), the Brock men’s rugby team were handed a tough 43-21 loss to the Guelph Gryphons this past weekend. 

This game saw many errors from the Badgers, too many to come back from once Guelph secured their lead. 

“While it wasn’t the final result that we wanted, there were definitely times that we were excelling and playing the game we wanted to play,” said Tim Sullivan, flanker. “The film breakdown will give us lots to look at, highlighting highs and pointing out some weaknesses that we will work on in the coming weeks. At the end of the day, it was a strong showing and we plan to capitalize on this experience going into our next game with Waterloo.” 

Guelph was leading 12-0 in the first half when scrumhalf Devon Ollson scored and put some points on the board for Brock. Followed by a convert from Carter Bondy, the Badgers were not too far behind the Gryphons. Team captain Steve Commerford scored a nasty try after blocking a kick from Guelph before the first half could finish, followed by another conversion from Bondy putting the Badgers up 14-12.

At the beginning of the second half, outside center Liam Boyenga scored a wicked try off a kick and chase followed by another great conversion from Bondy putting the team up to 21 points

“It felt good to have three easy conversions under the sticks. The boys capitalized on Guelph’s mistakes and made my job easy.” said Bondy.

In the second half, the team played with intensity, but Guelph outplayed them and the Badgers know where they need to improve for next week if they want to fight for an OUA medal this season. 

With the season being shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brock men’s rugby will need to focus on their goals so that they don’t miss out on their opportunity to secure a spot in the playoffs this year. 

The Badgers have a great attitude this year, which is going to benefit them even after losing a game. There is lots of time for reflection and practice before their next game at home on the Alumni Field following the women’s game on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.