Mac finds consolation in rugby tourney

McMasterRepresentatives of the McMaster men’s and women’s rugby teams participated in the recent third-annual National Invitational Rugby Sevens tournament from March 1-2 in Langford, B.C.

The McMaster men compiled a 3-1 record in pool play, shutting out the Regina Cougars, 26-0, in their opening game before falling, 29-7, to the University of Victoria. They followed that setback with consecutive wins over the Humber College Hawks and the University of Alberta Golden Bears to finish second in Pool C.

The Marauders advanced to the cup quarter-final stage, where they lost to the University of Victoria’s Norsemen Rugby Club, 17-13. That put McMaster into the consolation final.

McMaster bounced back in the consolation round with another convincing victory over the Alberta Golden Bears, 28-0, and finished the competition by claiming fifth place and the plate with a 24-21, comeback win over the Ontario University Athletics rival Queen’s Gaels.

The Marauder women, meanwhile, bounced back to salvage their pool place after opening the event with a close 19-17 loss to Alberta and a 46-7 defeat at the hands of the eventual champion Guelph Gryphons. McMaster won its next two matchups, besting UBC-Okanagan, 24-5, and the University of Victoria, 29-5, to finish 2-2 in pool play and secure the third spot in Pool D.

Photo: Judy Teasdale/McMaster Athletics

McMaster met Guelph again in the cup playoffs, losing, 43-0, to the Gryphons to move into contention for the seventh-place bowl. The Marauders returned to form in that game, defeating the UBC Thunderbirds, 27-12, to claim the bowl.