Tough game against top team for Ridge Meadows Bruins

The Ridge Meadows Bruins men’s rugby team faced a tough match against top-ranked Kats and lost 27-19.

Luke Brown of the Bruins makes a tackle.

Luke Brown of the Bruins makes a tackle.

The past weekend promised to be a decisive one for the Ridge Meadows Bruins men’s rugby team, which faced a tough match against top-ranked Kats, but lost 27-19.

The game was down to the wire, in a constant state of push and shove, and as the weather worsened so too did the tempo of the game increase. Both teams started strongly, trading blow for blow before the Kats went over for the first two tries of the game.

The Bruins fought back scoring three tries. But Kats played a tough and unforgiving brand of rugby that capitalized on any mistakes made by the home team, said spokesman Paul Stanfield.

“The Bruins were quick to respond in fashion, and certainly dominated the physicality of the game by making some crushing tackles and carrying strongly.”

Miller Thind’s play was key to the Bruins keeping the game close up until the final minutes with some incredibly well-placed kicks from the tee. Though they ultimately lost the game, it was some of best rugby played by the Bruins all season and Stanfield said the impressive showing bodes well leading up to the playoffs.

The Bruins women have a playoff game against the Scribes at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Telosky Stadium.