Leveridge provides the foot power for Marauders

The Marauder men’s rugby team rode the boot of James Leveridge to a 22-13 victory over the RMC Paladins on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 15). The sophomore centre amassed 17 points over the course of the McMaster win, making good on five penalty goals and one convert in the Ontario University Athletics contest.

Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics

The matinee victory evens McMaster’s conference record at 1-1, following an opening-night loss to the Guelph Gryphons on Sept. 6.

RMC struck quickly to open the scoring on Sunday, when fullback Matt Courtney broke through the Marauders lines to complete the try in the fourth minute. But the home side responded in kind just four minutes later, levelling the match when winger Chris Gordon scored a try of his own. Leveridge successfully kicked the convert to nudge McMaster ahead at that early juncture.

Courtney found the end zone once again in the 11th minute to overturn the Marauders lead and bring a frantic opening sequence to an end. But Leveridge put a penalty through the uprights in the 33rd minute to tie the match at 10 mere minutes before the end of the opening half.

It was in the second half that the sophomore truly shone, as neither team scored a try in the final 40 minutes. Instead, Leveridge kicked three penalties to RMC’s one, as McMaster widened its lead in the late stages.

Having broken into the win column, the Marauders will look to build on their success when they travel to London to battle the Western Mustangs on Saturday, Sept. 21.