McMaster was just three days removed from a storybook victory on home field, but there was no magic left for the Marauder men’s rugby team on Saturday (Oct. 26). The Marauders were defeated, 38-3, by the Queen’s Gaels in Kingston, consigning them to the Ontario University Athletics bronze-medal match on Nov. 2.
The Western Mustangs eked out a 29-22 win over the Guelph Gryphons in the day’s other semi-final to ensure their place in the OUA title game, and confirm McMaster’s destination in a week’s time. The Gryphons were seeded one place higher than the Marauders at the conclusion of the regular season, and will host the bronze-medal match.
Scrum half Andrew Ferguson scored McMaster’s only points with a penalty goal in the 40th minute. The Gaels were led by winger Kainoa Lloyd, who had two second-half tries in his team’s win.
Queen’s opened the game with 14 unanswered points, before Ferguson put a penalty through at the stroke of halftime to get the visiting Marauders on the board and cut the deficit to 11.
The Gaels wasted no time in hitting back, however, as David Worsley crossed the end line just two minutes into the second half for a try that Adam McQueen converted. That kicked off another stretch of consecutive points for the hosts, who scored 24 in the period to seal a comfortable victory on Saturday.