Rugby Marauders badgered into submission

On a rainy Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 31), the McMaster Marauders men’s rugby team’s season came to an end.

The Brock Badgers will use an 8-3 verdict to send them to the Ontario University Athletics next playoff series after disposing of the Marauders in a sudden-death quarter-final match on Back Ten Field.

Photo: Jay Raulins/McMaster Communications

Mac ended regular season play with a 5-3 record in fourth place with 25 points. Brock was fifth with a 4-4 mark and 19 points.

On Wednesday, Mac had the early momentum but little to show for it. About 10 minutes into the game, McMaster had its first opportunity when veteran Cam Stones (Whitby) made a run down the middle of the field while breaking tackles along the way. But would he was called for not releasing the ball in time and the Badgers took possession of the ball.

Later, Andrew Ferguson (Mississauga) had on opportunity to give Mac the lead but his kick missed the uprights from a very far distance.

Just before half time Brock had its chance to break the stalemate but an obstruction call thwarted the Badgers on the goal line and the half ended 0-0.

In the second half, McMaster continued to pressure their guests and forced the Badgers into a penalty. This time, Ferguson made no mistake, connecting for the penalty goal to give the home team a 3-0 lead.

That lead lasted only minutes when Dylan Mundy (Sutton) scampered downfield, breaking tackle after tackle for the try. Zack Lamacraft (Pickering) missed the convert so leave McMaster down by two.

Throughout much of the second half, the Marauders had trouble escaping from their zone. The Badgers added a penalty kick by Lamacraft, to complete Brock’s scoring for the win.