Nelles carries McMaster past Trent


The McMaster women’s rugby team – led by Cindy Nelles four tries – cruised past the Trent Excalibur in a spectacular offensive effort on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 15). By the time the Marauders scoring explosion was done and the final whistle blew, the score was 41-0 in Ontario University Athletics play.

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Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics

The scoring started early for the Marauders as they crossed the try line within the first 10 minutes of the match. Great tackling and offensive efforts by both teams kept the game close for the first 20 minutes. In the 23rd minute, Saffara Whiteley-Hoffelner split the Excalibur defence wide open with a well-executed set play. A third try was scored before half, with the score standing at 15-0 at the break.

The second half saw a new energy in the Excalibur, great tackling and scrum play kept the score at 15-0 until the 60th minute. Nelles crashed through Trent defence to record the first of her quartet of tries. That initial score spurred a late-game outburst for the Marauders, who then went on to post another three tries before the final whistle blew.

Nelles finished the day as McMaster’s top scorer, adding a convert to her tries, while Sarah Farquharson and Whiteley-Hoffelner each added two. Stephanie Black recorded a convert to complete the scoring.

The Marauders next action comes on Saturday, Sept. 21, when the team travels to the University of Toronto to play the Blues. Last year’s encounter between the two saw the Marauders walk away with a decisive 60-7 victory.