Home field was not an advantage for the Marauders’ men’s rugby team on Wednesday (Sept. 5).
McMaster’s start to the 2012 Ontario University Athletics season was a 33-12 loss to last season’s league silver medalists, the Queen’s Gaels.
On several occasions, both teams exchanged possessions in the opening part of the first half before the Marauders got caught on a penalty. Gael Dave Worsley found the space between the posts for the opening three points of the game.
Later in the half, the Gaels Pat Richardson completed Queens’ first try of the match about 20 minutes in but Worsley missed the convert. Before the half was over, Worsley would put up 10 more points as the Gaels went ahead 18-0 heading into the second half of the match.
Early in the second, a penalty goal from Worsley and a try from Queen’s veteran Dan Moor extended the visitors lead to 26 before the Marauders got on the board.
With 20 minutes left in the match, speedy Chris Gordon found an opening along the sideline and made the try. Andrew Ferguson would connect for the extra two points.
Nearing the end of the half, Queen’s Tim Richardson ran the ball in for the Gael’s last try and Worsley added his last two points of the match to total 18. Deep in the Gaels end, Ferguson would add seven more points to McMaster’s score in the dying minutes of the match.
The Marauders host the Guelph Gryphons in a rematch of last year’s OUA bronze medal game on Sunday.