Brock beatdown

Women take first step toward nationals

The women’s rugby team scored early and often, winning their season opener against the Brock Badgers on Wednesday.

Bronwyn Corrigan led the Gaels’ offensive charge with four tries, as Queen’s cruised to a dominating 37-0 victory.

Despite the one-sided final score, Queen’s head coach Beth Barz said there’s significant room for improvement.

“[Our play] was a little sloppy in the first half,” Barz said. “We ran what we wanted to run, but we just weren’t putting the ball where we needed to or protecting it in contact.”

Queen’s missed six of seven converts, including one that skidded harmlessly across the turf. When asked if this fact concerned her for future games, Barz remained confident in her team’s ability.

“Worried? Not one iota,” she said.

The Badgers generated very little offense, failing to consistently press the action into the Gaels’ side of the field until late in the second half.

Gillian Pegg added two tries for the Gaels, while rookie Nadia Popov scored in her first regular season contest.

“Brock has given us a lot of trouble in the past,” Corrigan said. “[The pace] was a bit frantic at times, but we pulled out the win.”

The Gaels’ chances to win the OUA’s Russell Division will likely come down to their Sept. 22 matchup with the McMaster Marauders.

Last year, McMaster edged out a 5-3 victory, effectively costing Queen’s a berth in the CIS national championships.

“We’re really excited to play Mac,” Corrigan said. “That was the decisive win-loss for who was going to [nationals] last year.”

Queen’s travels to London to face the Western Mustangs on Sunday. Western defeated the York Lions 52-22 in their season opener.

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