Following a disappointing loss to Concordia University, McGill finished the regular season of the QSSF at the top of the tables once again. After half-way point in the season, McGill Rugby’s season progressed in an unprecedented and slightly erratic temperance and pace.

After the Vert et Or travelled up to Montreal for the second leg of the season series, the Redmen were precariously optimistic. Knowing that the Sherbrooke side could be surprising, and having lost to them in previous years, this black shirted side was to be respected to the fullest. It was a game that McGill was to win, and so we did, a triumphant victory it was. A scoring frenzy ensued as many a played padded their stats in a convincing victory. Final Score 44-0.

The second Bishop’s game of the regular season was an incredibly hard fought battle of attrition, teams going back and forth, the bulging salient fluctuating, inserting itself between the two sides. Luckily, on that day, the force of Patrick Shier was not in play for the Gaitors, knowing his incredible basketball pedigree, there was not doubt of the impact that he could have made. But the result was in favour of the visiting side, as we erked out the win, despite the refrigerating winds and the boisterous crowd (incredibly original, I might add), the Bishop’s team is something to be respected, especially in the coming years. Final Score 16-10.

The final game was played at home against our cross-town rivals, the Stingers of Concordia. This was to be the first QSSF game McGill lost in 15 regular season games, with full credit going to a very physical and spirited Concordia side. While there was a distinct ebb and flow to the game, it was a match of lost opportunity, with the Redmen not capitalizing on their opportunities. Regardless, this loss of 17-10 may prove to be the fuel that the McGill side need going into the playoffs.

write up by Trevor Clarke.