BC Rugby Weekend of November 2nd

November 02 2013

Weekend Results: Caps Upset Lakers; Lomas Scare Bays; Ravens Outlast CW; Vikes Underwhelm Rowers


[ed. comments below. All Prem games at 2:45pm]
Updated November 2 2013

A very bizarre weekend. The top team which is averaging 33 points a game can only manage 3 points at home and loses its first game. The bottom team which is winless and averaging 7 points a game, scores 25 points against last year's champions and almost wins the game. It seems the BC Prem title is open for grabs based on this weekend's results.

Capilano RFC 9 @ 3 Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

I guess minor miracles do happen or were Burnaby overconfident? How does an undefeated team scoring an average of 33 points per game lose to the second last placed team and only score 3 points in the process, and in front of the home crowd? It throws the form book out the window and it's why amateur sports are difficult to predict. I suspect it shows that Burnaby can be rattled as James Bay proved last year in the final, I haven't read the match report yet but I'm guessing the Caps took on Burnaby up front and ground them down as the Bays did in last year's final. The Caps will be ecstatic at the result, if they can win at Burnaby and take down the #1 team, there's no reason they couldn't continue the streak and make the playoffs. There were only a few changes from the team that lost 3 straight, from what I can see. Charlie Jones was moved to #10, he's a talented player, was that a factor? The Kiwi Greg Denton wasn't in the starting XV last week, was that a factor? Fortunately both teams are excellent in providing match reports so we'll find out the full story during the week.

PREGAME
Capilano are having a difficult start in the BC Premier. They've lost their first 3 games to CW, UVic and most recently the Rowers. Burnaby on the other hand are a perfect 3-0 and are ranked #1. There's not much to say about this one, it will take either a minor miracle or gross overconfidence on behalf of the Lakers for this not to go one way. The Caps have made some minor adjustments to their lineup from last week, Charlie Jones has moved to #10 to fill in for the injured Matt Sims and there's a new import at #12, Greg Denton (kiwi). Will it be enough, we'll see Saturday. Prediction: Burnaby by 10.

Article by Andrew Smith - BCRU

Capilano are 0-3 in Premier League play but have dropped two of their matches by three points, including last week's 25-22 loss against Vancouver Rowing Club. The Rowers scored a pivotal try in the dying minutes and Capilano couldn't convert their pressure into points with a game-deciding penalty that they knocked on inches from the try line.

"We've had some tough losses but at the same time we could be 3-0 right now," said Capilano head coach Tom Larisch. "We just need to be more organized on defence and take care of the ball. We've had too many turnovers and if you don't have the ball, it's pretty tough to win."

This Saturday's clash will see the two most successful Lower Mainland programs in recent years square off at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.

"For various reasons we've developed a strong rivalry and our guys are always excited for the Burnaby matches," Larisch added. "[Burnaby] play hard, organized rugby and if you don't show up ready to compete it's going to be a long day. They have serious game breakers that can score with one touch of the ball."

The two sides squared off in the Miller Cup Final in late September for the Vancouver Rugby Union regional title and it was Burnaby who fought off Capilano's late come back to secure a 24-22 win at Klahanie Park.

Burnaby Lake head coach Kris de Scossa is wary of Capilano heading into Saturday's clash and knows their winless record will see them hungrier than usual in an already heated rivalry.

"Capilano always come out firing and they've got competitive players of the highest caliber," de Scossa said. "They've had some very close games that could have gone either way."

Burnaby advanced to the Rounsefell Cup provincial final last May and with a current undefeated record matching their consistent play of 2012-13, de Scossa says his team are able to handle the pressure of the big games this season.

"We have been building a great team culture over the last three years and we have players that have bought into a structure and what we're trying to achieve," de Scossa added. "Every week we go into games knowing that everyone wants to play us and that they want to beat us that much more."

Both sides have benefitted from recent additions to their lineups as they strengthened their player pools in the offseason. Former Bayside scrum half Cody Rockson and loose forward Gurinder Kalar have fit seamlessly into the Burnaby roster and have been key pieces to their success early on. The squad is also captained by veteran Anthony Luca who has a number of BC Bears experienced front rowers alongside him in Micha Govorchin, Andrew Lackner and Scott MacKay. Burnaby's back line has a number of threats including Canada-A speedster Joe Dolesau.

While Capilano have been dealing with a number of injury set backs, they have benefitted from the leadership of returning players no.8 Glen McKinnon and fly half/centre Charlie Jones. New additions to the roster include Clayton Hunter-James and Hamish Johnstone. Hunter-James is undersized according to Larisch, but he makes up for it with a huge heart and physicality.

"We're quite athletic this year and not necessarily a big and powerful side," Larish added. "But almost anybody on the field can step in and fill certain positions and we are able to play an exciting brand of rugby."

BURNABY

1 Anthony Luca ©
2 Micha Govorchin
3 Ryan Ackerman
4 Kyle Wisniewski
5 Mike Gough
6 Brad Mchugh
7 Doug Breadon
8 Gurvinder Kalar
9 Cody Rockson
10 Geoff Ryan
11 Evan Thomas
12 James Reekie (I)
13 Joe Dolesau
14 Brian Murphy
15 Cole Mcqueen

CAPILANO

1. Shawn Wilson
2. Clayton Hunter-James
3. Evan Marshall
4. Connor Christopher
5. Sam Lanigan
6. Evan Mallory
7. Jordan Harvey
8. Glen Mckinnon (C)
9. Matt Yanagiya
10. Charlie Jones
11. Hamish Johnston (i)
12. Greg Denton (i)
13. Brady Carpenter
14. Arash Solaimani
15. Bruce Bowman
16. Jesse Ryan


Meraloma Rugby Club 25 @ James Bay AA 27

Another result that goes against conventional wisdom. The Lomas, winless and only able to average 7 points per game in their first 3 games go on a rampage against last year's BC champions. The Bays just managed to secure a win by the narrowest of margins. That points out something about the Bays, their defence is leaky, they have the worst PA total in the league, except for the team they were playing today, the Lomas. Last weekend it was looking like a Burnaby v James Bay final shaping up, now I'm questioning that as both teams lack consistency. With players moving in and out of the lineups it's becoming clear that certain key players are catalysts and team performances will depend very much on their availability. The Bays moved Taylor Dalziel from his usual centre position to #8, I'm guessing that didn't work too well. At least these two teams were able to put points on the board, the only two teams to go above 20 points on the day. The scoring went 8-5 for Lomas at the half, then 12-8 Bays, 13-12 Lomas, 17-13 Bays, 22-20 Bays, 27-20 Bays and finally 27-25.

PREGAME
The only team starting slower than Caps are the Lomas, outscored by 83 points over 3 games, an average loss of over 25 points per game. The Bays are growing stronger every week, ranked #2 and poised to jump up in the standings this week where they currently reside 3rd, tied with the Ravens at 10 points. Conor McCann is rumoured to be joining the blue crush again which will strengthen their backline. No lineups at the time of writing [now available] but I'm thinking it's safe to bet on the Bays at home. Prediction: Bays by 15.

JAMES BAY

1. Noah Barker
2. Sterling Vidalin
3. Cole Racine
4. Jimmy de Goede
5. Kieran McAuley
6. Nate Waldmann
7. Jamal Allen
8. Taylor Dalziel
9. Lucien Nel
10. Spence Dalziel
11. Mitch Bancroft
12. Vince Herlaar
13. Mike Nieuwenhuysen
14. Elliot Peacock
15. Conor McCann

MERALOMA

1-Ardy Farhangdoost
2-Scott McGinley
3-Alex Boyd
4- Chris Mercer
5- Justin Fanselow
6- Shae McEachrane
7-Liam Gribbon (I)
8- Dave Grimson (I)
9- Ross Langill
10-Mike Hall ©
11- Torin O’Regan Latarius
12-Sean Mercier
13- Joel Nystrom
14- Dan Halloway
15- Scott Larson
16- Steffan Evans
17- John Boulaine
18- William Perry
19- Chris Truyens
20- Ben Simpson
21- Calum Baynham
22- Tim Derksen


UBCOB Ravens RFC 7 @ Castaway Wanderers RFC 5

Well at least I got the point spread in this game spot on, 2 points to the Ravens. It was a windy day, the wind moving diagonally and not clearly favouring either side. It was not champagne rugby, tenacious defence and neither team able to find gaps. Kicking purists would be shaking their head at some of the kicks going up today, straight down the middle of the field with little chase. But neither back three were up for the counter attack so it didn't matter much. Mike Burak couldn't make the trip and Tom McKeen apparently missed the ferry so it was a good result for the Ravens considering they were missing some of their "star" players. John Graf showed his class, once a national level player, always a national level player, just slower and with less puff over the 80 minutes. He was the bright spot in the game for the first 40 I thought, but was eventually subbed out as his work rate dwindled in the second 40. For CW Djustice Sears-Duru at prop looked good in spurts but had hands of stone when the ball came to him, Kyle Armstrong at #9 had one of his better games, their #7 had a high work rate. Our BCRN MVP was Ravens prop, Garret Garbe, who lead by example as captain.


Garret Garbe, Raven's loosehead prop and captain, wins the BCRN MVP hoodie from Pro Fit Sports

PREGAME
One of the more interesting games this week. This one isn't a sure thing, again no lineups yet but with the Canada team in Toronto it rules out CW's national team players, also Conor Trainor for the Ravens. The Ravens are looking good with the likes of Mike Burak and Tom McKeen in the forwards and the ability to bring on a flyhalf like Tom Luke (London Welsh) if required, from coach to player. CW are stretched thin right now for top players. They have a tenacious group, well coached and some players capable of making the big play. They ran the #1 team, Burnaby, close for most of the match last weekend. This is a difficult one to call. Prediction: Ravens by 2.


UVic Vikes RFC 11 @ Vancouver Rowing Club 18

You have to hand it to the Rowers, at the beginning of the season they were considered likely to be at the bottom of the standings, now they're in 5th spot and likely assured of avoiding relegation. They're 9 points clear of cellar dwellers Lomas. The Vikes are the worst travelling team in the BC Premier, I should remember from previous years to handicap them by about 10 points just for setting foot on the ferry. I don't know why but they traditionally don't travel well. The weather across the lower mainland and Island was windy with showers varying from location to location but teams have to learn to cope with that over the next few months. It's a bye week next weekend with play resuming on November 16th.

PREGAME
Another interesting matchup. The Rowers have defied early expectations and claimed 2 wins out of a possible 3, defeating Lomas and Caps in the process. This will be a step up for them however. The Vikes are also 2-1 but have accumulated 4 bonus points out of 3 games and are the most prolific scoring machine in the BC Premier with 115 points tallied. Last week they spotted James Bay a 26 point lead with 20 minutes left and then scored 19 points in 7 minutes to make it a close game. That's the story of the Vikes, a reflection of youth's nature, they'll go through erratic shifts during a game. They could lose focus for half a game and play a sleepy 40 minutes and then look like the young All Blacks for the next 40. Which team will show up is a question with no clear answer. The Rowers have already exceeded expectations early in the season with a 2-1 record, however they have a -22 point differential and no bonus points so each of those wins has been hard-earned through tenacity and endeavour. They have some scoring prowess in the backline but their forwards haven't been dominant. Prediction: Vikes by 7.

UVIC VIKES

Forwards
Dan Hrycyk
Casey Reed
Sawyer Herrron
Clayton Thornber
Macbryan Bos
Nathan Stewart
Shea Wakefield
Haydn Evans
Liam Murray
Jeff N Miller
Robbie Anderson
Chase Kelliher
Luke Campbell
Backs
James Pitblado
Fergus Hall
Doug Fraser
Dustin Dobravsky
Willem du Plessis
Luke McClosky
Kane Wyatt
Guiseppe du Toit


BCRN RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 4 (previous ranking)

1 BURNABY (1)
2 JAMES BAY (2)
3 RAVENS (5)
4 ROWERS (6)
5 UVIC (3)
6 CW (4)
7 CAPS (7)
8 LOMAS (8)

STANDINGS AFTER WEEK 4

Burnaby Lake 15
James Bay 15
UBCOB Ravens 14
UVic Vikes 13
Vancouver Rowing Club 12
Capilano 7
Castaway Wanderers 5
Meraloma 3

BC RUGBY FULL RESULTS

Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League - Sat. November 2nd:
UVic Vikes 11(+1) - 18 Vancouver Rowing Club
Capilano RFC 9 - 3(+1) Burnaby Lake
Meraloma Rugby Club 25(+2) - 27(+1) James Bay AA
UBCOB Ravens 7 - 5(+1) Castaway Wanderers RFC

Ceili's Cup League - Sat. November 2nd:
UVic Norsemen 29(+1) - 8 Vancouver Rowing Club
Capilano RFC 13(+1) - 20 Burnaby Lake
Meraloma Rugby Club 8 - 31(+1) James Bay AA
UBCOB Ravens 24 - 22(+1) Castaway Wanderers RFC BPs TBC

Okanagan Spring Brewery League One - Sat. November 2nd:
Kamloops Rugby Club 7 - 44(+1) Langley RFC
UBCO Heat 7 at Richmond RFC 48
Abbotsford RFC 10 at Seattle RFC 55
Bayside AA 29(+1 - 11 Surrey Beavers
United Rugby Club 0 - 98(+1) UBC Thunderbirds

Okanagan Spring Brewery League Two - Sat. November 2nd:
Kamloops Rugby Club 20 - 5 Langley RFC BPs TBC
Kelowna Crows 10 - 18 Richmond RFC
Abbotsford RFC at Seattle RFC NOT REPORTED
Bayside AA at Surrey Beavers NOT REPORTED
United Rugby Club at UBC (Wolfson Fields) 1:00pm

Lower Mainland Third Division - Sat. November 2nd:
Brit Lions-A 46 - 17 Vancouver Rowing Club
Capilano-A 0 - 14 Burnaby Lake
Brit Lions-B 46 - 12 Richmond RFC
Scribes RFC 42 - 10 Surrey
Capilano-B 22 - 10 Ridge Meadows
UBC at Kats RFC NOT REPORTED
Abbotsford 31 - 5 Mountain Old Boys

Vancouver Island First Division - Sat. November 2nd:
COWICHAN CUP: Comox Kickers 0 - 86(+1) Nanaimo Hornets
COWICHAN CUP: Cowichan 11 - 54(+1) Port Alberni
COWICHAN CUP: Velox Academy 0 - 77(+1) Velox Valhallians

Vancouver Island Third Division - Sat. November 2nd:
Velox Valhallians at Nanaimo Hornets POSTPONED

BC RUGBY WOMEN'S LEAGUES

Women's Lower Mainland Tier One - Sat. November 2nd:
Kamloops Rugby Club 10 - 25 Capilano RFC
Seattle RFC 0 - 22 SFU
United Rugby Club 5 - 20 Bayside AA
Burnaby Lake 15 - 68 Mudhens

Women's Lower Mainland Tier Two - Sat. November 2nd:
Brit Lions 0 - 5 SFU SFU DEFAULT
Ridge Meadows 31 - 0 United Rugby Club
UBCO Heat 12 - 34 Abbotsford RFC
Kelowna at Meraloma POSTPONED

Vancouver Island Senior Women - Sat. November 2nd:
Cowichan at Velox Valkyries POSTPONED
UVic 84 - 5 Cowichan

AGE GRADE LEAGUES

Men's Under-20 - Sat. November 2nd:
UBC Thunderbirds 17 - 0 Capilano RFC
Western Washington University at UVic Vikes NOT REPORTED

Lower Mainland U19 Men - Sat. November 2nd:
TIER 1: Abbotsford RFC 0 - 5 UBCOB Ravens ABBOTSFORD DEFAULT
TIER 1: Capilano RFC 0 - 30 Bayside
TIER 2: Richmond at Langley NOT REPORTED
TIER 2: Kelowna at United NOT REPORTED
TIER 2: Surrey at SFU NOT REPORTED

BC RUGBY FULL SCHEDULE

MEN'S LEAGUES

Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League - Sat. November 2nd:
UVic Vikes at Vancouver Rowing Club (Brockton Oval) 2:45pm
Capilano RFC at Burnaby Lake (Burnaby Lake Sports Complex) 2:45pm
Meraloma Rugby Club at James Bay AA (MacDonald Park) 2:45pm
UBCOB Ravens at Castaway Wanderers RFC (Windsor Park) 2:45pm

Ceili's Cup League - Sat. November 2nd:
UVic Norsemen at Vancouver Rowing Club (Brockton Oval) 1:00pm
Capilano RFC at Burnaby Lake (Burnaby Lake Sports Complex) 1:00pm
Meraloma Rugby Club at James Bay AA (MacDonald Park) 1:00pm
UBCOB Ravens at Castaway Wanderers RFC (Windsor Park) 1:00pm

Okanagan Spring Brewery League One - Sat. November 2nd:
Kamloops Rugby Club at Langley RFC (Crush Crescen) 2:30pm
UBCO Heat at Richmond RFC (King George Park) 2:30pm
Abbotsford RFC at Seattle RFC (Seattle) 2:30pm
Bayside AA at Surrey Beavers (Sullivan Heights) 2:30pm
United Rugby Club at UBC Thunderbirds (Wolfson Fields) 2:30pm

Okanagan Spring Brewery League Two - Sat. November 2nd:
Kamloops Rugby Club at Langley RFC (Crush Crescen) 1:00pm
Kelowna Crows at Richmond RFC (King George Park) 1:00pm
Abbotsford RFC at Seattle RFC (Seattle) 1:00pm
Bayside AA at Surrey Beavers (Sullivan Heights) 1:00pm
United Rugby Club at UBC (Wolfson Fields) 1:00pm

Lower Mainland Third Division - Sat. November 2nd:
Brit Lions-A at Vancouver Rowing Club (Brockton Oval) 11:30am
Capilano-A at Burnaby Lake (Burnaby Lake Sports Complex) 11:30am
Brit Lions-B at Richmond RFC (King George Park) 11:30am
Scribes RFC at Surrey (Sullivan Heights) 11:30am
UBC at Kats RFC (Balaclava Park) 1:00pm
Abbotsford at Mountain Old Boys (SFU) 1:00pm
Capilano-B at Ridge Meadows (Thomas Haney) 1:00pm

Vancouver Island First Division - Sat. November 2nd:
COWICHAN CUP: Comox Kickers at Nanaimo Hornets (May Bennett) 2:30pm
COWICHAN CUP: Cowichan at Port Alberni (Port Alberni) 1:00pm
COWICHAN CUP: Velox Academy at Velox Valhallians (Velox RFC) 1:00pm

Vancouver Island Third Division - Sat. November 2nd:
Velox Valhallians at Nanaimo Hornets POSTPONED
Sun. Nov 3rd: Castaway Wanderers at Cowichan (Cowichan) 1:00pm

WOMEN'S LEAGUES

Women's Lower Mainland Tier One - Sat. November 2nd:
Kamloops Rugby Club at Capilano RFC (Klahanie Park) 11:30am
Seattle RFC at SFU (Banting Middle School) 11:30am
United Rugby Club at Bayside AA (South Surrey Athl Park) 11:30am
Burnaby Lake at Mudhens (Magnuson Park) 11:30am

Women's Lower Mainland Tier Two - Sat. November 2nd:
Brit Lions 0 - 5 SFU SFU DEFAULT
Ridge Meadows at United Rugby Club (South Surrey Athl Park) 10:00am
UBCO Heat at Abbotsford RFC (CFV Exhibition) 12:00pm
Kelowna at Meraloma (Connaught Park) 11:30am

Vancouver Island Senior Women - Sat. November 2nd:
Cowichan at Velox Valkyries POSTPONED

Women's Under-18 - Sun. November 3rd:
Velox at Cowichan (Cowichan Rugby Club) 11:30am
Castaway Wanderers at Comox (Cumberland Village Park) 11:30am
EXHIBITION: Abbotsford-2 at Langley (Crush Crescent) 11:30am
United at Bayside (South Surrey Athl Park) 11:30am
Abbotsford-1 5 - 0 Richmond-Lions RICHMOND-LIONS DEFAULT

BC RUGBY AGE GRADE LEAGUES

Men's Under-20 - Sat. November 2nd:
UBC Thunderbirds at Capilano RFC (Klahanie Park) 10:00am
Western Washington University at UVic Vikes (Wallace Field) 11:30am

Lower Mainland U19 Men - Sat. November 2nd:
TIER 1: Abbotsford RFC at UBCOB Ravens (Jericho Park) 10:00am
TIER 1: Capilano RFC at Bayside (South Surrety Athl Park) 10:00am
TIER 2: Richmond at Langley (Crush Crescent) 11:30am
TIER 2: Kelowna at United (Hume Park) 10:00am
TIER 2: Surrey at SFU (SFU) 10:00am

Lower Mainland U17 Men - Sun. November 3rd:
TIER 1: Capilano-1 at Abbotsford-1 (CFV Exhibition) 12:30pm
TIER 1: UBCOB Ravens at Bayside-1 (South Surrey Athl Park) 12:30pm
TIER 2: Brit Lions at Langley (Crush Crescent) 12:30pm
TIER 2: Capilano-2 at United (Hume Park) 12:30pm
TIER 2: Bayside U16 at Kamloops (Rayleigh Rugby Park) 12:30pm
TIER 2: Surrey at Richmond-Burnaby (King George Park) 12:30pm

Lower Mainland U15 Boys - Sun. November 3rd:
Abbotsford at Capilano (Klahanie Park) 11:15am
Bayside at Surrey (Sullivan Heights) 11:15am

Lower Mainland U14 Boys - Sun. November 3rd:
7-a-side tournament at Bayside (South Surrey Athl Park)

Lower Mainland U13 Boys - Sun. November 3rd:
Capilano RFC at Meraloma (Connaught Park) 11:00am

Island U18 Men - Sun. November 3rd:
Comox at Nanaimo (May Bennett) 2:30pm
Velox at Castaway Wanderers (Windsor Park) 2:30pm

Island U16 Boys - Sun. November 3rd:
Castaway Wanderers at Cowichan (Cowichan) 1:00pm

Island U14 Boys - Sun. November 3rd:
Nanaimo-North Island at Cowichan (Cowichan) 11:30am
Castaway Wanderers at Velox (Velox RFC) 11:30am

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