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UBC vs. Concordia 20181121
UBC 41, Concordia 8
REIGNING CHAMPS UBC CONTINUE WINNING WAYS IN TOURNAMENT OPENER AGAINST CONCORDIA
By Braeden Willis, Vikes Communications
The opening game of the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship presented by title sponsors, Victoria
Mitsubishi and Carson Automotive Group, and corporate sponsors Pemberton Holmes Ltd. And the Canadian Rugby Foundation
got underway with dominating win for the reigning champions the UBC Thunderbirds. The T-Birds downed Quebec champions
Concordia by 41-8 to start off the six-team tournament hosted at Wallace Field in Victoria.
UBC were led by second year winger Elias Ergas with three tries while William McDougall-Percilier had four converts and a
penalty kick. Concordia’s lone try in the games was scored by Nicolas Tronche.
“We expected them to bring a physical game plan today,” said UBC head coach Curry Hitchborn. “They have excellent coaches
and some very talented athletes who have played representative rugby in the country. Our start today wasn’t great. We leaked
a lot of yards around the breakdown and couldn’t find any continuity but we were able to adjust as the game went on.”
The Thunderbirds took advantage of an early penalty just outside the Concordia 22-metre line. UBC’s McDougall-Percilier
slotted the penalty kick to give the Vancouver side the early 3-0 lead. Less than a minute later, the Stingers answered with a try.
The chip kick in behind the Thunderbirds back line was picked up by Concordia winger Nicolas Tronche to give the Stingers a 5-3
lead just five minutes into the match.
UBC tallied four more tries before time was up in the first half. West Vancouver native Ergas touched down his first of two in
the half when a Concordia pass hit the ground and Ergas kicked it past the Stinger defenders to give himself enough time and
space to touch the ball down in the end goal. UBC No. 8 Nick Allen, McDougall-Percilier and Ergas rounded out the scoring for
UBC in the first half. Stingers fly half Moritz Wittman successfully kicked a drop goal to go with the single try of the half for
Concordia. The Thunderbirds led 27-8 after the opening 30-minute half.
Fresh off the bench and on his first touch of the match, UBC centre John Jubenvill sliced through the Concordia backline to open
the scoring in the second half. Ergas scored his third try of the game in the 39 th minute to give the T-Birds a 41-8 lead and
eventual final score.
Concordia will now need a win against the Guelph Gryphons on Nov. 23 if they want to compete for a medal on Sunday.
“We made a couple of key mistakes that helped put UBC up early,” said Concorida head coach Craig Beemer. “Overall, I was
happy with the way we played. Once we let them go up on us early I think we got a bit down on ourselves. If we can carry over
the way we played physically today I am confident in what we can do against Guelph on Friday.”
Ergas’ hat trick earned him player of the game honours for UBC while Wittman was selected at the player. of the game for the
UBC will now face the Guelph Gryphons Nov. 22 at 12:00 p.m. in their second game of the tournament. Concordia will enjoy a
day off before facing the same Guelph side on Nov.23 at 4:00 p.m.
UBC: #14 Elias Ergas
CON: #10 Mortiz Wittmann
1 2 F
CON: 8 0 8
UBC: 27 14 41
4’: UBC Penalty Kick - #9 William McDougall-Percilier 3-0 UBC
5’: CON Try- #24 Nicolas Tronche (Convert Missed) 5-3 CON
12’: UBC Try- #14 Elias Ergas (Convert William McDougall-Percilier) 10-5 UBC
18’: UBC Try- #8 Nick Allen (Conver Missed) 15-5 UBC
22’: CON Drop Goal - #10 Mortiz Wittman 15-8 UBC
27’: UBC Try- #14 Elias Ergas (Convert Missed) 20-8 UBC
30’: UBC Try- #9 William McDougall-Percilier (Convert William McDougall-Percilier) 27-8 UBC
34’: UBC Try- #20 John Jubenvill (Convert William McDougall-Percilier) 34-8 UBC
39’: UBC Try- #14 Elias Ergas (Convert William McDougall-Percilier) 41-8 UBC
46’: CON Yellow Card #11 Jean-Christophe Vinette
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