SHERBROOKE, Que. – The Bishop’s Gaiters men’s rugby team’s season came to an end in dramatic fashion in an RSEQ University semi-final, Saturday. The eight-time defending champion McGill Redmen jumped out to an early advantage and held on for a 21-17 victory before a crowd of 300 at Coulter Field.
McGill jumped out to an 8-0 lead after an early penalty kick followed by a try six minutes later. Gaiters’ captain Nicolas Charlton, a native Montrealer, made a successful penalty kick 28 minutes into the contest to cut the lead to 8-3. McGill added a pair of penalty kicks of their own including one on the last play of the first half and grabbed a 14-3 advantage at the break.
The second half was a different story. McGill was awarded a penalty try that was converted three minutes into the frame. Trailing 21-3, the Gaiters rallied and Mike Izzard of Oakville, Ont., scored a nifty try on a run of more than 40 yards that Charlton set up then converted. Just six minutes later rookie Brock Spencer of Stittsville, Ont., scored as the forward pack pushed forward. Charlton again was successful on the conversion to make the score 21-17 in favour of the Redmen. McGill pushed forward but a missed penalty late in the game that gave the Gaiters life. Unfortunately for the hosts that was as close as they got as the referee’s final whistle blew punching McGill’s ticket to the RSEQ final.
“It was a great rugby game,” said Gaiters coach Charles Goode. “Unfortunately sometimes the games don’t go your way.”
See Coach Goode’s complete post-game comments here: http://youtu.be/rcdLjfcn5z0
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