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Women’s rugby team demolishes Bishop’s

by Archives October 3, 2001
Lennoxville – “I’m very happy with the team’s performance today,” said head coach of the women’s rugby team Sheila Turner. “There was much better support in open play, whenever somebody would make a break, there was always somebody with them.”
That support definitely paid dividends. The team exploded for 56 points on the strength of some impressive pack running and innovative back play.
“The new back plays are thanks to my assistant, Dave O,Keefe,” Turner said. “We were trying them out for the first time today. It took a little while to get them right, but eventually the timing was on and they worked very well for us.”
Despite holding the scoreless throughout the encounter, Turner felt there was still something lacking in Concordia’s defensive performance. “The defence could have been tighter, but it is hard to work on defence when you don’t have to defend that much,” she conceded.
Turner was singing the praises of diminutive flanker Ariel Dunn after the match.
“She usually plays hooker for us, but we moved her to flanker today and she managed to score two tries,” said Turner. “She definitely outplayed my expectations.”
Dunn credits her success to the newfound cohesion amongst the team. “Today it was obvious that we’re really coming together,” said Dunn. “We’re learning to communicate, all the weirdness from the first few games is gone.”
Dunn agreed with Turner that their defence could have been tighter. “We
should’ve tackled better, hit them lower. But that’ll come,” she said.
Although not her regular position for Concordia, Dunn has played flanker before.
“I played flanker at Dawson during my CEGEP career,” Dunn said. “As long as I’m playing the game, I don’t care where I am on the field. All that matters is that I’m playing. If I’m playing I’m happy.”

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