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Laurier looks to defend OUA title at 110th Yates Cup

Last Updated Nov 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm EDT

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The Laurier Golden Hawks are in London this afternoon to take on the Western Mustangs.

That may sound like a broken record, but, it was the rematch that the Mustangs were hoping for at the start of the 2017 OUA campaign.

In 2016, the Golden Hawks came from behind in order to win the 109th Yates Cup final on a 26-yard field goal from kicker Nathan Mesher.

Golden Hawks Head Coach Michael Faulds tells us his team gained useful experience last year to get ready for another huge game.

“Deep down inside, having so many guys that were there [in the Yates Cup final] last year, I think mentally helps our guys a little bit,” says Faulds, “they recognize what happened in 2016 means nothing for the 2017 final. It’s going to have it’s own identity.”

This will be Laurier’s 23rd Yates Cup Final, and the 15th time the Mustangs and Golden Hawks have met for the championship.

Faulds adds it will be one of the toughest games for his squad.

“It’s still a big task at hand, obviously Western went through the regular season with very little difficulty,” says Faulds. “Our challenge in the Yates Cup this year is to make it difficult on them. Put the offense, defense and special teams in positions that they haven’t been this year.”

Western finished the regular season undefeated which included a 29-13 win against Laurier September 30th.

Laurier will have to lean on its defense in order to be successful Saturday against Western.

“Obviously [Western] is lead by it’s rushing attack and that’s one of our best assets is how we stop the run,” says Faulds, “it’s going to be two teams going toe-to-toe and it’s going to be a fun game.”

The Laurier Golden Hawks will look to defend it’s OUA title. The last team to win back to back titles was McMaster back in 2011 and 2012.

You can catch the 110th Yates Cup final right here on 570 NEWS with kickoff slated for 1 PM.