The McMaster Marauders are the new OUA men’s rugby champions after destroying Western’s perfect season with a 20-17 win. The OUA men’s rugby championship, presented by Gilbert Canada, marked the sixth Marauder finals win in ten years.
Western opened up the scoring with a try from All-Around Player award winner Andrew Crow (Victoria, B.C.). Fullback Tom Bridger (Victoria, B.C.) added the conversion for a 7-0 lead nine minutes into the match.
Eight minutes later, Bridger would attempt a penalty goal and would miss to give McMaster the momentum.
Just past 22 minutes into the game, McMaster would score their first try. Fourth-year Chris Dickenson (Oakville, Ont.) would score the try. Veteran Marauder Shawn Windsor (Stoney Creek, Ont.) would kick the convert for the seven points. The score would be all tied up half way through the first.
Windsor would also score his first of two penalty goals at the 25 minute mark.
After a McMaster turnover, Western would put on the pressure. Wing Chris Gordon (Pickering, Ont.) would pick up an interception off a Western pass deep in the Mustangs zone. Windsor would kick of his second convert of the day to put the Marauders up 17-7.
Before half, McMasters fly half Windsor would kick his second penalty goal to put the Marauders up by 13 points.
After the half, the Mustangs would finally respond with a try from Centre Conor Trainor (Alliston, Ont.). The OUA All-Star would put his team within 8 points after Bridger missed the convert.
After missing the convert, OUA All-Star Bridger would make up for it, scoring a try to put Western within three with 12 minutes to go.
Western would put on the pressure in the last five minutes but it wouldn’t be enough when McMaster recovered the ball with less than a minute to go in extra time. Coach of the Year Shaun Allen led the Marauders to the win, and his first as interim head coach.
For the Mustangs, Trainor was named player of the game. The Marauders would name Windsor as their game MVP as he scored 10 of McMaster’s 20 points in the game.
Last year’s champions, the Queen’s Gaels defeated the Brock Badgers earlier in the day to capture the OUA bronze medal.