Stones knocks Golden Hawks to the ground

Cam Stones exploded for four tries as the McMaster men’s rugby team defeated the Laurier Golden Hawks, 24-8, at Back 10 Field on Friday (Oct 11).

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

The result returns the Marauders to the .500 mark (3-3) with one game remaining on their Ontario University Athletics conference schedule. Laurier remains without a win this season after suffering its fifth loss in six contests.

McMaster rode a bright start in the opening 10 minutes to their eventual victory. Stones, the fourth-year eight man, crossed the goal line twice within that span, scoring tries in the fourth and ninth minutes, while Andrew Ferguson kicked a successful convert on the second to extend the Marauders’ early lead to 12 points.

The Golden Hawks got on the board in the 13th minute, when Matthew Sneath converted the penalty goal to cut the Marauders lead to 12-3.

Stones struck for the third time in the opening half to put McMaster ahead 17-3 in the 18th minute, but Laurier’s Kevin Rush would peg the hosts back just before the halftime interval with a try of his own in the 35th minute.

The second half was a quiet one from an offensive standpoint, as the Marauders held firm to deny any comeback attempt on the visitors’ part. The banner day continued for Stones, however, as he notched his fourth and final try of the afternoon in the 74th minute, with James Leveridge providing the convert.

McMaster concludes its conference season on home field in a week’s time, as they welcome the Waterloo Warriors to Back 10 Field on Saturday (Oct. 19). That game is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m.