With their last loss occurring during the 2015 regular season, the Varsity Reds women’s rugby team are looking to continue their victory streak.
“The goal never really changes, obviously; when you compete in the league you, at the end of the day, want to win your league,” said coach Kevin Wilson.
“We compete to win, everybody does.”
Though the team’s roster has changed slightly, they are is confident that it will only add to their success.
“We have a lot of rookies coming up this year, but they’re going to be an asset—they’re all ready to work hard,” says club president Johanna Reid.
“Most of them got in [the game] tonight, and they played unreal.”
The Reds met the Mount Allison Mounties this past Friday, steamrolling them by a score of 74-0. This sort of performance has been consistent for the team over the last few years.
“Mount A played very brave, but we were just a little bit more experienced,” said Wilson. “We played very well right from the start—we were pretty dominant in all facets.”
That being said, UNB is still working out some kinks.
“What we’ll work on next week is point of contact; we’re getting people over the ball—just not quick enough,” he said.
Coach Wilson maintains that regardless of the outcome, if everyone works hard and completes their task, they will be successful.
“We have a philosophy that we worry about everybody’s individual task; we don’t worry about the number on the board.”
“Whether we win by two points or win by twenty points, it doesn’t matter,” he said.
“If we do our jobs, [the score] will take care of itself.”
Coming into this season, the Reds had not lost a game since before they won the ACAA Championship title against St. Thomas University in 2015; despite this, the Reds remain cautious of their opponents.
“We’re now the two time reigning champs, so everyone is coming at us hard,” said Reid, adding, “Our hardest competition is probably Saint Thomas.”
Reid pointed out that the rivalry brings another level of excitement to the game and to the league. In their most recent game against the Tommies, the Reds won 15-0, thanks to yet another strong defensive performance.
“It’s great, it’s the battle of the hill; it’s a great competition and we get lots of crowds out,” Reid said.
Going forward, the team wants to “work hard and continue what [they’re] doing,” said Reid.
“It’s going to be an unreal season.”
The Reds meet University of King’s College in an away match on Sept. 30.