The University of British Columbia got some measure of revenge over the visiting St. Mary's Gaels, as the Thunderbirds defeated the tourists 40-5 Friday night in Vancouver.
"Retribution," said UBC assistant coach Paul Horne about the 'Birds' rebound from a 34-19 loss in the Bay Area a little over a week ago.
"We put out our best starting 15," added UBC Head Coach Spence McTavish. "That was the difference. St. Mary's are a very good team. I know it was 40-5, but those guys are like a firecracker in a tin can - they can catch fire at any moment from any part of the field. It was just some last-ditch tackling from our guys that stopped them."
Three converted tries put UBC up 21-0 at halftime, and they didn't let up in the second half, scoring right after the restart to put the game away. Harry Jones had an outstanding game at fullback while Jeff McKinnon led a solid forward effort.
"It's hard to single anyone out because it was a good team effort, for 80 minutes," said McTavish.
Added Horne, "this was easily the best full game of rugby we've played this season."
St. Mary's had good games from Bubba Jones at flyhalf and Tim Maupin at outside center, who caused problems for UBC all night long.
But the Gaels were plagued somewhat by handling errors, brought on by the chilly weather and the unrelenting defensive pressure from the ome side.