Panthers upend SMU in AUS Rugby action

Panthers upend SMU in AUS Rugby action

(HALIFAX, NS)—The first forty minutes of their match on Sunday afternoon, the Saint Mary's Huskies could do no wrong in Atlantic University Sport rugby action from Huskies Stadium. 

SMU held a slim 12-5 advantage over the visiting UPEI Panthers as the Huskies ended the half with a great goal-line stance, stymieing the Panther offence. 

The Huskies opened the scoring with a long run and try from winger Kathryn Steeves (Stellarton, NS) and led 7-0. 

Saint Mary's added to their scoring—using a tap and go restart coming off a UPEI penalty—to string together multiple passes from their backs as scrum-half Julie Naugler (Stillwater Lake, NS) had SMU up 12-0. 

The Panthers scored off an awarded penalty as Brinten Comeau (Halifax, NS) weaved down the field and scored the try as UPEI trailed 12-5 at half. 

UPEI would outscore SMU 20-0 in the second half and hang on for the 25-12 victory. 

The Panthers improve to 1-2 on the year as SMU falls to 0-3. 

Both teams return to action September 28th when UPEI travels to USports # 8 Acadia Axewomen and SMU hits the road versus the second-ranked team in the country, the 3-0 StFX X-Women. 

Dominic Nolasco, SMU Communications 

Photo, Nick Pearce