Undefeated year

Queen’s demolishes Brock to finish the season 7-0

Six players scored tries for the Gaels against Brock.
Six players scored tries for the Gaels against Brock.

Men’s rugby capped off a perfect regular season in style.

The Gaels (7-0) ended their OUA campaign with a 55-5 home win over the Brock Badgers (3-4) on Saturday at Nixon Field.

This win finalized the team’s perfect record, keeping them atop of the OUA leaderboard.

Gaels head coach Peter Huigenbos had mixed reviews about his team’s performance, which had Queen’s reel off 55 unanswered points after Brock scored first.

“Brock had a very good read early on in the game, which led them to a try,” Huigenbos said. “But our team rebounded quickly and kept possession until we ultimately scored one for ourselves.

“It’s always nice to see your team come together when it counts,” he added.

After a quick try by the Badgers, the Gaels rebounded quickly, with Matt Mullins scoring in the sixth minute of play. Brendan McGovern successfully converted the ball to give the team an early lead.

The rest of the first half saw lots of scoring from the Gaels. McGovern, Mullins, David Worsley and Kainoa Lloyd all put points on the board with tries. McGovern successfully converted two of the tries to finish the half up 31-5.

The momentum kept on rolling for the Gaels during the second half, with Mullins scoring in the 48th minute and Worsley kicking a successful conversion.

Tommy Kirkham and Lloyd scored in the 52nd and 55th minutes, with Andrew Carr converting on Lloyd’s try. William Payne completed the final try for the Gaels with an impressive 40-yard run to end the game 55-5.

This game saw some lineup changes for the Gaels, with Huigenbos integrating four rookies into the starting roster.

Huigenbos gave special recognition to Lloyd, who started on the wing and scored two tries for the Gaels.

“His presence was certainly felt out there. He had some excellent runs,” Huigenbos said.

With the regular season over, the Gaels will start their post-season next Saturday. Queen’s received a bye to the semi-finals and will play that match at Nixon Field versus a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

“Going into the playoffs with home-field advantage is great,” Huigenbos said. “The playoffs are a whole new season so any advantage is a good advantage.

“The playoffs are not a time to get too nitpicky,” he added. “You do what you have to do to get that W.”

OUA Standings

1. Queen’s [7-0-0] – 34 pts
2. Western [6-1-0] – 30 pts
3. Guelph [5-2-0] – 24 pts
4. McMaster [4-3-0] – 18 pts
5. Brock [3-4-0] – 15 pts
6. RMC [2-5-0] – 11 pts
7. Waterloo [0-6-1] – 3 pts
8. Laurier [0-6-1] – 2 pts

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