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FEATURE PREVIEW: Rugby hosting semi with Nationals ticket in sight

Thursday October 19, 2017
Rugby players lined up on the field.
Ellen Bond

The Gee-Gees women’s rugby team hosts an RSEQ semifinal on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. and a win will send the team to the U SPORTS National Championship for the fourth straight season.

Tickets are available at and Gee-Gees Pass holders will be admitted free of charge.

Ottawa is ranked no. 3 in the U SPORTS Top Ten and will face the unranked Montreal Carabins in the semifinal for the third straight season after Montreal finished with a 4-3 record in the regular season to finish in a three-way tie for third place.

When the tie-breakers were applied, Concordia finished third and Montreal fourth with Carleton on the outside of the playoff picture despite defeating the Carabins in head-to-head play. It was Montreal’s surprise 36-34 win late in the season over Concordia which secured them the postseason position.

Ottawa’s remarkable 12 RSEQ all-star and award winners will be recognized before the game, as will the four Carabins all-stars.

In the team’s last meeting at Montreal on September 16, Ottawa led 15-5 at halftime before finishing strong with the final two tries of the match. Breanna Phillipps, Emily Gray, Paulina Karwowski, and Bianca Paiement scored for the Gee-Gees, reflecting a pack-dominated match.

An X-factor in Saturday’s game could be RSEQ Rookie of the Year Lauren Minns. Minns started every game for Ottawa this season except for the game against the Carabins.

The Gee-Gees have never lost to Montreal since the Carabins joined the league in 2012.

Recent Ottawa vs Montreal meetings:

RSEQ RS 2017 – OTT 27 MTL 12 @ Montreal

RSEQ SF 2016 – OTT 26 MTL 5 @ Ottawa

RSEQ RS 2016 – OTT 28 MTL 17 @ Ottawa

RSEQ SF 2015 – OTT 37 MTL 3 @ Ottawa

RSEQ RS 2015 – OTT 33 MTL 7 @ Montreal