Capilano - February 2017

February 27 2017

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Capilano RFC Match Reports: Wins in Women's Premier and Men's 3rds - Losses in Men's Premier, 1sts and Academy

by John Langley
posted Feb 27 2017

It was a tough day for Capilano Men as they lost three to Burnaby Lake. The Capilano Premier Women prevented the sweep with a win over Burnaby. The 3B side won over Chilliwack.

The Capilano Academy U23 (Div 3A) side went down to a more experienced Burnaby side as the Lakers took control of the game early and cruised to a 29-3 half time lead. Caps made the mistake of kicking to Burnaby and their backs made them pay with several tries. Caps only managed a penalty kick from Malcolm Klaver. Burnaby continued to roll in the second half and ran up the score. Caps did manage a try by hard running Flynn Heyes who looks like a fine prospect. Thanks to the referee and congratulations to Burnaby.

The Premier Women: Caps won this game 24-17.

Both clubs are rebuilding after losing many veteran players. Caps appear to be slightly ahead on the rebuild but Burnaby has many young strong players. Caps backs seemed to have an advantage but it was close. Caps first try came from hook Meagan Copeland Dinan and Andrea Burk added the extras. Burnaby battled back and came close but they were held up twice. Caps managed to steal the ball and run it out of their end. Caps then managed to score another and made it 14 with the conversion. Burnaby struck back with a converted try by number 10 and it was converted to make it 14-7. Caps scored again to make it 19-7 but Burnaby answered with a try and a penalty kick. Caps scored again to make it 24-17. It was a hard fought game. Thanks to the referee. Congratulations to the Cap Women.

Capilano 3rd Div B side won 20-6 over a stubborn Chilliwack side:

The Caps 3 B won their second straight today as the outlasted Chilliwack. Caps had a large bench and more former Premier players came out of retirement today. I couldn’t see much of the game from the bottom field but it appeared to be back and forth. This Caps side has been dubbed the Snowcap academy, the Antique Road Show and a few more nicknames. Anyway it is great to see so many guys make a comeback and help shore up the 3rd division.

The reserve 1st Division Game:

Burnaby really took it to the Cap reserves today scoring often by some hard running in the backs. The final score was 46-12 over a Cap side that has some good players but does not resemble the championship team of last season. Some of those players are now playing premier rugby but others have retired or drifted away. Caps were only able to answer with two tries one following a many phase effort and the other on a good run by Ryan Scott. Congratulations to Burnaby and thanks to the referee.

The Premier Match: Burnaby were full value for their 39-6 win.

Burnaby were full value for the win today. The play suited their style of rugby with an overpowering scrum. The game wasn’t great to watch, certainly not from a Capilano perspective as there was far too many whistles and the flow of the game suffered. There is no denying that Burnaby has built a powerful team though and they won most of the scrums. Caps points came from two well kicked penalties by Chris Robinson but they were not able to answer with tries.

Burnaby scored after their number 8 Vikilani drove over. This was followed by a nice try by Dan Josek who found space on his wing and scored in the corner. Burnaby were awarded a penalty try after several Cap infractions prevented them from scoring. Caps fielded a rather small front row with prop Andrew Crandell not being available. He was replaced by Steven Ng a fine young prospect but who normally plays hooker or flanker. Caps had hoped to keep the number of sets to a minimum but that didn’t happen and Burnaby took full advantage with their powerful scrum. The Cap backs saw very little ball and when they did the whistle seemed to blow.

The half time score was 6-20 and the Cap faith full still had hope for a comeback. In the second half Captain Glen McKinnon was binned and Burnaby took full advantage scoring to make it 27-6 and chances of a comeback were slim to none.

Burnaby scored again and two players Gotegote for Burnaby and Boyd for Caps were binned for a scuffle. Burnaby dominated throughout and is to be congratulated on their convincing win. They look to have the potential to win big if they can get by UBC. That should be quite a game next week. For Caps they have to regroup and face a Rowing Club side that generally performs well against Capilano.

There was an excellent crowd out for these games and the weather fully cooperated. The clubrooms were packed after the game and Jim Leith fed the hungry players with his fine vittles. Thanks Jim and thanks to today’s game officials.

The Capilano Alumni put on a delicious luncheon with wine and that is always well received. Speaking of Alumni Bucky Ellison was recently hospitalized but I hear is doing well. All the best Bucky, have a speedy recovery. Also one of the Old Trojans who are now part of Burnaby said he ran into John Narbett and John has had some medical problems also. All the best to John. He and Bucky are both original Capilano. Someone asked me how many of the original Caps from 69/70 are still on the right side of the grass. I will do a report on that one of these days.

Yours in rugby, John Langley

Capilano Claim 5 Wins from 6 Matches: A Good Start to Second Half of Season

by John Lanley
posted Feb 20 2017

Caps got off to a great start in their second game of the weather delayed, second half of the BCRU schedule. Today Capilano teams won 5 of 6 games against various opponents. The Lower Mainland weather gods co-operated and with the help of many of the club's playing members who shoveled the snow from the Bob Spray Field on Tuesday night, it was possible to play 3 games on the main pitch.

Two games were played on the top pitch and the Premier game was also scheduled to be played up top. A late decision was made to move the Premier Men’s game to the Bob Spray field much to the delight of the spectators from the visiting Ravens and the home Capilano. While rugby is great to watch anywhere, it is so much more of a spectacle in front of the Capilano grandstand and adjoining clubrooms. Thanks to everyone involved! It will take some more work to ready the pitch for next week but it was well worth it.

Capilano 3B game against Abbotsford. Caps won this one handily by a score of 60-12

Caps 3A development side has been a huge success but the 3B’s suffered in the first half of the season. Caps new President Nick Belmar came up with the idea of having a mostly over 30 3B side. He has been joined with several players from the Capilano glory days, when Caps won three Provincial championships, several of these players have come out of retirement to join in and more will likely follow. The side is not all 30 plus as other youngsters will also play but it is great to see these guys back on the pitch. Tries came in bunches today and Abby didn’t get on the score board until late in the game. They did score a couple of nice late tries and that was good to see. Thanks to Abby for the game. Thanks to Snowcap John Rutherford for refereeing.

The Capilano 3A academy side vs Kats: Report by coach Bruce Bowman.

Caps won this by a score of 39- 5. The Lucas Center field was good to go on Saturday and fairly sound under foot. The Academy was itching to finally play a match after 2 weeks of weather postponements. I am sure the same could be said for the Kats. The first quarter of the match was closely contested with both teams spending time in each other’s territory. Caps scored a try on the 40 minute mark and the half time score was 17-5 in the Caps favour. Kats were a little undermanned on the day and had two very harsh injuries early in the game. Capilano had a full bench of spares and this proved to spread the results. Many thanks to the grounds crew for readying the pitch and our referee for controlling the game very well. Thanks to the staff at Capilano for supplying the bar service and delicious food. Many thanks to the Kats for travelling over and providing a hard physical encounter as they always do! We wish their injured players a full and speedy recovery.

Capilano Women reserve team: Caps won 54-0 over Westshore reserves

The Capilano Women 1st Division side that has recently been formed due to the large turnout of new recruits won its first game with a one sided victory over Westshore. Thanks to Westshore for the game and thanks to the referee. Congratulations to the Caps and coaches on their first win.

Capilano vs. Ravens: Men’s Reserve game

This appears to be the name of the league that was previously called the 1st Division. Caps won this game by a score of 24-7. The last time these two sides met the Ravens won handily. Today the game was mostly Capilano but the Ravens did show that they have some talented backs that showed promise. Thanks to Ravens for the game.

Capilano Premier Women:

The Cap Premier Women lost to Westshore who are stacked with Canada Women players. Westshore won this game by a score of 31-6. I thought Caps hung in the game for a good portion of the game and Andrea Burks’ kicking for goal gave them hope. The Caps defended well and had some promising forages into the Westshore end but the opposition was too talented and in the late stages ran in several tries. Still this was a learning experience for the Cap side that continues to improve and should see better days. Congratulations to Westshore and thanks for the game.

The Premier Men’s Match:

Capilano won this hard fought contest 18-7. I thought Caps were good value for the win. It was closer last time these two teams met and Ravens backs looked more dangerous in that game than they did today. Perhaps the heavy field made a difference.

Caps scrum seems to be coming together and they did very well in the sets. The test will be next week when they play Burnaby who has a larger pack. Jason Marshall the recently retired Professional and Canada player has been helping with scrum coaching and his impact is noticeable.

Caps survived an early binning to #12 Joel Hulett for a high tackle. They scored the first points of the game with an 8th man pick as Glen McKinnon powered over in the left corner. Glen is playing great rugby and is leading his team. Caps missed the conversion.

Ravens though struck back with great run by number 10 Aaron McLelland who skirted around the Cap defense and turned on his considerable speed to score under the posts. He then converted his try and put his team in the lead 7-5. Caps knew that they would have to try to contain number 10 if they were to win this game.

Caps got some good running again today from their forwards. McKinnon, Boyd, Tucker, Reid-Harvey, and de Freitas all made big gains. Caps though need to finish these runs off with tries as the finish was somewhat lacking today, but the effort was obvious. The Cap backs showed some power running also and young Austin Karius played his best game of senior rugby and just needs to keep improving to become a top notch back. Austin was picked as Caps best back today so congratulations to him. Andrew Crandell was Caps forward of the match and was very solid at prop and he played the full 80 minutes.

Connor Christopher, a converted flanker, can get the job done in the centers as he runs hard and is very strong defensively. Nate Yanagiya has the ability and will get better each week. Joel Hulett is a very solid center also. The Cap backs don’t have blazing speed but can run the ball and they defend well. I was concerned about them containing the Ravens backs but generally they did a good job today with the help of the forwards. Ravens did manage to steal a fair amount of ball in the loose so ball retention is something that needs to be worked on.

A Cap penalty kick by Chris Robinson put them back in front 8-7. This was the half-time score. Ravens began assaulting the Capilano goal line and Ravens got a penalty kick that looked like it was going to give them the lead. The kick hit the left upright though and bounced out. Ravens kept on the attack and McLelland made another fine run but was held up to prevent the try.

Caps pack were dominating the set scrums in the second frame and the Ravens scrums were coming apart leading to penalty calls against them. Caps though were taking more than their share of penalties that helped the Ravens keep Caps defending their goal line for extended periods. Glen McKinnon was yellow carded for a high tackle and Caps were once again down a man. Cap fans were disgruntled as Chris Robinson appeared to have been taken out following his kick ahead but the action went unnoticed. Glen as Captain argued his case but it was an argument he couldn’t win and off to the bin he went! Caps did manage to survive the binning without giving up any points.

Caps went on the attack and were playing their power rugby game with the scrum and mauling the ball close to the goal line. Eventually Caps were awarded a Penalty try as Ravens were penalized several times for infractions preventing the score. The crowd was confused as no kick was forthcoming but a new rule has made a penalty try worth 7 points and no kick is necessary. This stretched the lead to 15-7 and a late Chris Robinson penalty made it 18-7.

The restart kick did not go 10 meters so Caps got a scrum at center. Jason de Freitas made a long run for Caps that looked like it might be rewarded with a try, Chris Robinson kicked ahead but Ravens downed the ball in Goal for a twenty two meter dropout. Ravens tried valiantly to close the lead but were not able to do so. Chris Robinson kicked the ball to touch to end the game. It was an entertaining hard fought contest and the teams and fans filled the clubrooms for the after game festivities.

Thanks to the referees in all of today’s matches for their handling of the games. Next week a big club day against Burnaby. Hopefully the weather will co-operate. The Alumni will be providing a lunch for all Alumni members so if you haven’t paid your dues you can do so at the game. Remember you don’t have to have played for Caps to be an Alumni member. Thanks again to Jim Leith for his delicious after game meals. Hope to see you at next weekend’s games.

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