TRURO – The Dalhousie Rams are hoping one first on Sunday translates into another.
The Rams are first time hosts of the ACAA women's rugby final and looking to use it to their advantage to nail down their first conference title.
Game time is 2:30 p.m. at the Farnham Mill Rugby Complex.
“The girls are really excited and they’ve been working their butts off. Even in weather like (Friday) the girls will be out there in it,” Rams head coach Dave Cotterill said Friday.
The Rams enter the contest as the conference’s top seed, giving them hosting rights, thanks to a recent 62-0 drubbing of the Kings Blue Devils to finish the regular season.
In spite of finishing with identical 3-1 records, the victory gave the Rams the edge over the Mounties in the points scored versus points against tiebreaker.
Both teams suffered their only losses of the season to each other as the conference’s three teams played each other twice.
“It goes without saying in rugby it’s going to take a team effort,” Cotterill said, adding the weather will likely be a factor in the outcome.
The Rams have scored the bulk of their points from their players on the wing. But sloppy field conditions could make t difficult to get the ball from the ruck to the wings, meaning defence will be key.
“If we can hold them to single-digit points, or low points, it’ll definitely help us out,” he said.
Aside from wanting their first crown on home soil, the Rams also have plenty of other motivation to win on Sunday. After all, it was the Mounties who snatched the title from Dalhousie’s grasp in last year’s final with a 23-20 victory in overtime. The Rams had scored in the final minute of regulation but missed a conversion which would have given them the lead and, possibly, the win.
The Rams also lost to the Mounties two seasons ago in overtime.
“It’s almost like we’re coming in as the underdog because of the history,” Cotterill said. “But both schools are very close skill wise and it’s been tight. But I think being at home and having people cheering for us will be big. I think it’s our game to lose and if we play like we can we’ll be OK.”
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