In the first match of the season for WSC, the men's rugby team opened the spring with a tough loss to Colorado College. In the first time since November of 2011 that the team ran on anything other than snow and ice, Western managed the first try of the match in the third minute with a break from centre Nate Acrey. CC answered back with a march back down the field and scored an unconverted try. Much like a boxing match, WSC and CC battled it out trading blow for blow throughout the tough 80 minutes. WSC did manage to display discipline and implementation of training goals through the forward drive displayed several times throughout the match; pushing the ball low and forward through the sides of the ruck to produce those tough meters. Unluckily, the WSC drive was continuously thwarted by a combination of CC taking advantage of referee leniency or a WSC mistake. WSC scored the second try of their tally of three, with a quick tap to Sean Lavell charging over for his first try of the year.
In a match that was riddled with questionable penalties, WSC received a heavy-handed penalty ratio and the first red card in over 10 years, later overturned by the referee society thankfully.
With a man down, WSC managed to score the last try of the match from a dashing break from Nate Acrey down the touchline and a Lomu-esque trampling of the CC fullback over for a bittersweet closing for the match.
WSC will host Regis on March 31st for the only home match of the season. The match will also be the inaugural contest of the Chris Norris Memorial Cup.