The Ridge Meadows Bruins men’s rugby team managed to close the gap after a slow first half, but ultimately lost by a score of 38-33 to Simon Fraser University, dropping to 0-2 in regular season Division 3 play.
SFU demonstrated fine passing and running in the first half as they were able to control the flow of play and go into halftime leading 24-0.
The second half featured a more aggressive and determined Bruins team, as they scored an impressive five tries, converting on four of those. Dustin Fletcher provided some fancy moves and nice passing, while Rob Hughes pounded in an impressive three tries. Logan Duke Bodnarchuk and Josh Ladd each provided a try as well. Reed Nelson was excellent on try conversions as he managed to make all four he attempted. Liam Leyland almost converted on a try but just missed wide.
The Bruins have two more games on the road but hope to come home to a supportive crowd on Saturday, Oct. 22 for an 11:30 a.m. kick-off at Thomas Haney Secondary School against UBC.
Meanwhile, the Bruins’ women’s side lost 29-15 to the Brit Lions on Saturday, falling to 0-3 in Tier 2 play.