By Lachlan Kerr (Sports Information Assistant)
September 29, 2013, VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds women’s rugby team lost a gritty encounter to the No. 9 Calgary Dinos, which was actually a far closer game than the scoreline suggested.
Playing for the second day in a row, it ended 22-5 in Calgary’s favour but it was just 7-5 at half-time with the Thunderbirds having controlled proceedings for the first 40 minutes.
Kelcey Leavitt of the Dinos opened the scoring with a dart from just outside the 22 and touched down under the posts without a finger laid on her. Katie Scotland converted with no problems to take Calgary to a seven-point lead. UBC answered right back with a try of their own, marching Calgary right back down the field and after a number of controlled phases Gillian Boag burrowed over for her first try in UBC colours.
Within two minutes of the second half starting, Calgary had their second try. Natasha Loucks crashed over to make it 12-7. Scotland was unable to slot the conversion but made amends fifteen minutes later when Calgary grabbed their third. Loucks was again the benefactor of some soft tackling by the Thunderbirds and she took her try tally to three for the season. A successful penalty by Scotland in the 74th minute completed the scoring and gave the Dinos their second win with one loss while UBC slid to 0-3.
Boag had another outstanding game at blindside flanker and was rewarded for her performance with a well-taken try. Her partner in the back row Cassidy Gale was all over the pitch, making tackles and breaking through holes to gain her team much-needed yards. She displayed her versatility late on as injuries saw her switch to centre and continue to play well.
Head coach Maria Gallo was upbeat despite the defeat.
We actually played quite well, mentally the girls checked out at times and we lost continuity because of that,” said Gallo. “That’s one of the things we’ll be working on in training. It’s going to be a big week leading up to a big game on Saturday.”
The Thunderbirds take on the University of Victoria in Victoria this Saturday, Oct. 5. Calgary will host southern Alberta rivals, Lethbridge, on Friday, Oct. 4.