Posted on: February 25, 2018
Although they didn’t win a match, there was a lot of positivity surrounding the final day of play for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s rugby sevens.
The WolfPack dropped their final two matches on Sunday (Feb 25) at the Canada West tournament hosted by the University of Victoria.
TRU fell 38-0 to the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and 40-5 to the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
In the second game, TRU’s lone try of the weekend was scored by Grace Campbell.
TRU finished winless in the six matches they played this weekend.
Says coach Derek Pue, “We went into today focusing on correcting some defensive issues and reconnecting and finding our work rate on the defensive side of the ball. We created some good possessions on attack by playing aggressive defense and causing turnovers. We played two physical teams. We were able to string those defensive sets together to shut down their speed on the outside. It resulted in us getting some good attacking work. The focus was for us to enter our last game with Lethbridge and play physical. The girls put together their best rugby of the weekend scoring a fantastic team try in the corner created by defensive pressure and some good work rate off the ball”
This tournament was the second one for the first year program. Coach Pue looked back at this event like this,” Overall on the weekend, we made some steps forward. The scores were much improved over the UFV tourney except for our first game on the Saturday. The girls have shown the character that we need to turn this program into a success and keep moving forward.”
The women’s rugby sevens program will be evaluated by the University and administration in the coming weeks.