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Rebels battle Coyotes to rugby standards

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Taber Times

It was a draw right down the middle for the W.R. Myers Rebels girls rugby program as both the junior varsity and varsity programs tied Chinook Coyotes in their respective matches at the University of Lethbridge stadium last week.

“It was very unique in rugby in that we had two games with two exact same scores of 5-5 both games,” said Andrew Llewelyn-Jones, co-coach of the W.R. Myers Rebels girls rugby program.

“It was one try both sides so you can tell it was a closely fought game for both. I’ve never seen that before with back-to-back games with the same score.”

Llewelyn-Jones commended both sides for their solid tackling which made for the low-scoring affairs as no team was able to get huge swings of offensive momentum in their favour.

“The games could have gone either way. They had some strong runs and so did we in both the junior varsity and senior varsity games.”

Playing a developmental program the week before that resulted in a lopsided blowout against Eagle Butte, Llewelyn-Jones added it would good to see how the Rebels responded to its first real test of the early season.

“I thought they did well. There was a lot of solid plays and for many of these girls, they were playing rugby for the very first time. We know what we need to work on and we will move forward,” said Llewelyn-Jones. “We were quite happy with the girls did on both sides of the ball in a game where they were challenged. It’s good for us going forward.”

The Rebels played a rescheduled road game against Cardston on Monday and host Medicine Hat High today at Ken McDonald Memorial Sports Park, starting at 5 p.m. with the varsity game first and the junior varsity game to follow.

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