VICTORIA — The Ottawa Gee-Gees will play against the StFX X-Women for the Canadian university women's rugby championship.
Great defence was the difference on Friday, as the No. 2 Gee-Gees held on for a 7-5 victory over the No. 3 Calgary Dinos in semifinal action.
A game that was decided by a single convert came down to the wire as Calgary pushed to go ahead in the dying minutes. With the clock stopped at 70 minutes, the Dinos had multiple opportunities to break the Ottawa line but just couldn't cut through.
"We've got a defensive team, it's what we work on more than anything," said Ottawa coach Jennifer Boyd. "The sacrifices these girls make for each other on and off the field… it's been four years I've been with this program and I just told them, in history they're going to be the best Gee-Gees team ever no matter what happens in 48 hours.
"Just so proud of them and I love them very, very much."
It wasn't until the 32nd minute that the Gee-Gees were able to put up any points, with Elizabeth Boudreault capitalizing after a number of pick-and-goes just before the half. Emma Sandstrom made the convert.
Emma Tuttosi responded with a try for the Dinos in the 47th minute, but Calgary missed the convert.
Meanwhile, No.4 StFX earned its spot in the championship match with a 38-24 upset win over the No. 1 Guelph Gryphons in Friday's other semifinal.
Jo Alphonso led the X-Women with two tries. Emily Samek had two tries for the Gryphons.
StFX stunned Guelph by jumping out to a 14-0 lead within the first six minutes of the game on tries from June Beals and Danielle Cormier. Sabrina McDaid hit both of her converts.
"We are really happy with the way we played," said StFX coach Mike Cavanagh. "Our forwards came to play today. They scrummaged and rucked well."
The national title game goes Sunday.