Coming together

Underwood, Moor return for easy home victory

Queen’s celebrated the grand opening of Nixon Field on Saturday.
Queen’s celebrated the grand opening of Nixon Field on Saturday.
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With Saturday’s 45-0 win, the Gaels (3-1) moved into second in the OUA.
With Saturday’s 45-0 win, the Gaels (3-1) moved into second in the OUA.
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Saturday’s men’s rugby fixture saw the official unveiling of two products: Nixon Field’s grand opening held prior to the game, and a complete Gaels lineup.

The Gaels treated the official Queen’s rugby alumni homecoming with a 45-0 win over the Waterloo Warriors — their second shutout of the season.

They also introduced their full lineup for the first time this season, without injured or absent players.

“It was a good occasion, perfect weather too,” said Gaels captain Dan Moor. “We were able to execute some of our stuff, kind of run our systems, run our structure, so we’re going to walk away happy with that.”

Saturday’s game saw OUA All-Star Liam Underwood return to Queen’s lineup. Moor and Underwood were missing in action for last weekend’s devastating 22-20 loss against the Western Mustangs. Both players had duties with the Ontario Blues men’s representative team.

“Liam’s obviously a very talented player, probably one of the best young players in Canada right now,” Moor said. “So that’s nothing but positive for the club to get some of our guys the exposure to the best rugby in Canada.”

Underwood has suited up for the Blues for the past month, keeping him away from Kingston.

He’ll be missing the next couple of weeks while he plays for Canada’s select team along with Gaels’ lock Jacob Rumball in the Americas Rugby Championships in Langford, B.C.

Underwood’s first points of the OUA season came in the fifth minute through a successful penalty conversion. Flanker Matt Kelly followed up five minutes later with a try off of a lengthy run, set up by Underwood.

Fullback David Worsley kept the scoring intact with a try in the first half. Fluent passing through a varied attack from the Gaels defined the offense in the first half.

“The way the season works, each week we’re just trying to build and get better and better,” Moor said. “We’re going to take the mistakes we made this game and try and improve on them.”

Back row Pat Richardson and halfback Brendan McGovern scored tries in the second half, while Underwood and rookie fly-half Adam McQueen scored the conversion kicks.

Apart from the remarkable offensive showing, the Gaels brought a gritty, spirited defensive showing to the grand Nixon opening, reminiscent of their shutout against Laurier.

“It feels great, it’s nice to be back out there with the guys again,” Underwood said.

With this win, Queen’s holds a record of 3-1, second in the OUA behind Guelph. The Gaels host RMC Friday on Nixon Field, in their second last regular season game.

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