Marauders grab share of fourth in men’s rugby

Andrew Ferguson led the way with 12 points, as the McMaster men’s rugby team defeated the Brock Badgers 22-19 at Back 10 Field on Saturday (Sept. 28).

Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics

The Ontario University Athletics win levels the Marauders conference record at 2-2 with three games to play in the regular season. McMaster sits squarely in the middle of the OUA standings, moving into a tie with the RMC Paladins for fourth in the eight-team conference after Saturday’s action.

Brock opened the scoring in the 18th minute, when winger Connor Fitzsimmons crossed the goal line for the try and followed with a successful convert to give the Badgers a 7-0 lead. McMaster answered quickly, however, as Ferguson scored a penalty goal in the 23rd minute to cut Brock’s lead to four. Momentum remained with the Marauders as fullback Richard Ormrod broke through for the hosts’ first try of the game and Ferguson successfully kicked the convert to move McMaster ahead 10-7.

The Badgers retook the lead early in the second half, following a Jeremy Brownridge try in the 50th minute with Fitzsimmons’ second convert of the day. But McMaster scored 12 points over the span of eight minutes to re-establish control of the game.

Davor Stojanov scored the Marauders second try of the afternoon in the 60th minute, before Ferguson added one of his own in the 67th, and second convert gave McMaster a 22-14 lead. The Badgers lent some tension to the final minutes when centre Michael Perilli scored the visitors’ third try in the 72nd minute to bring them within three points.

But the Marauders were able to successfully defend their slim lead in the dying moments, en route to the victory.

McMaster returns to action on Oct. 5, when the Marauders travel to Kingston to battle the undefeated Queen’s Gaels (3-0-0).