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Burnaby Lake - April 2017


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Burnaby Sends Three Teams to Finals: Match Reports for 3rds, Premier Reserve and Premier


from Mike Devlin
posted May 2 2017

3rd Division Men Semi Finals
BLRC 36 – SFU 0

The battle of Burnaby got underway for the 4th time this season. The BLRC 3rds held a 2-1 lead thus far with one of those wins coming in the VRU Cup Finals in November. Head Coach Paul Szabo’s squad have played lackadaisically the past few weekends which was chalked up to clinching first place almost a month ago, but a loss is a loss and the 3rds entered the semi-final’s on a 2 game losing streak. Today, the Blue & White looked like the wrecking crew they had been for most of the season…and it was obvious early that they came to play. Tupper SS alumni Kishan Karunathasan got on the scoreboard only 2 minutes in, after a few phases of hard work from the forwards. Kishan took a wide pass at the halfway point of the pitch and stepped 2 defenders to score in the corner. The BLRC would add to their lead a few minutes later when an SFU clearing kick failed to find touch. The BLRC back 3 moved the ball wide and Brian Murphy went for a long run that ended behind the posts. Tom Menzies convert put the home side up 12-0. Near the end of the half, the BLRC were camped out inside the SFU 22m with forwards from both sides getting to know each other. Scrum half Paul Murphy had seen enough and sent the ball out to the backs where it found Kyle Geach who cut through a hole and scored to put the BLRC up 17-0 going into halftime.


Tom Menzies and Brian Murphy (#15) connect on a pass that would spring Murphy for a try – photo credit Pj Carr images

Tom Menzies got the BLRC on the board quickly at the dawn of the 2nd half. Jarett Richardson’s high kickoff was reclaimed by Sukhwinder Bolina in the air and Sukhi landed at full speed, evading 2 SFU tacklers before finally being pulled down. Bolina offloaded from the deck to a streaking Tom Menzies who dotted down in the corner for 5 points. A red card to the SFU #13 was the catalyst for the next BLRC score. The SFU defence was tackling well with Sidney Berglund, Sean Longmire and Scott Weston getting their tails up and throwing some weight into their defence but SFU failed to organize and drop a loose forward into their backline to cover up the hole. Flyhalf Jarett Richardson saw a huge gap in the centres and took it, scoring under the posts. Menzies convert set the score at 29-0 with about 20 minutes left in the game. The final BLRC tally came from youngster Koro Korobasaga. Koro took a wide pass from Sukhi Bolina and raced into the SFU 22m. The defenders started to close in on him but he sent a little “Joe Dolesau-esque” grubber between the defenders & over the try line where he won the foot race for 5 points. Tom Menzies converted the try to cap the scoring at 36-0.


Kyle Geach looks for an offload – photo credit Pj Carr images

SFU had some strong individual performances but weren’t able to cope with the strong BLRC scrum which hindered their ability to get any type of go forward ball from the set piece or the intensity of the BLRC defence which was organized, “up quick” at every opportunity and rarely missed a tackle. SFU’s Hooker Alex Toering would have been my choice for Forward of the match. His lineout ball was accurate and he got stuck in around the pitch. In the backs, the old war horse Scott Weston had a tough task all day lining up against (first) Barry Bonell and then Francois Botes but he did an admirable job shutting down the hard crashing (and really big) BLRC Inside Centres. The BLRC got outstanding games from #8 Sukhi Bolina and #7 Tom Menzies who were all over the place, creating opportunities for their team mates. Brian Murphy and Kishan Karunathasan both played 80 minutes of dangerous rugby in the backline, just daring SFU to kick the ball to them.


The full game video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8c99E9TFWw&t=3s

The 3rd Div Men were the first BLRC Men’s team to qualify for the BCRU Finals in Abbotsford this Saturday, so we congratulate them. It seems the guys will be taking on Westshore who thumped the Capilano U23’s. Westshore look pretty strong and it should be a good tilt. Kickoff is at 12 noon on Field 1 at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.

Premier Reserve Men Semi-Final
BLRC 50 – Oak Bay Castaway-Wanderers 15

The BLRC Premier Reserve team booked their ticket to the BCRU Finals with a 50-15 victory over CW on Sunday. The Burnaby squad got off to a quick start with scrum half Mark Higgins scampering 50m for a try on the game’s opening play. Nolan Shelley made the convert and added a penalty a few minutes later to put the home side ahead 10-0. CW’s #11 (no name provided) answered with the first of his 2 tries on the day. Taking a pass out wide with CW threatening inside the BLRC 22. The winger beat his man and dove in while being corralled by a few Burnaby defenders to cut the lead in half. The Oak Bay Flyhalf was given an opportunity to cut the lead further midway through the half and he was good for it, adding 3 points to make the score 10-8.


Shane Dagg breaks a tackle and is en route to the end zone. Photo credit Pj Carr images

That was as close as CW would get however. A Forward Mauling try touched down by Instagram celebrity Liem #PandaFriday Jung and 2 penalty kicks from Nolan Shelley put the BLRC Premier Reserves out in front 21-8 at half time.

The 2nd half started with the BLRC backls hitting lines at full speed like they were in the back room of the Roxy. Gino Paolella made a big run, cutting through the CW defence before hitting Fullback Shane Dagg at pace.

Dagg went around 2 defenders and touched down between the posts. Nolan Shelley converted to extend the lead, 28-8. Fuku Vikilani wound add another 5 points with a pick and go from in close. 33-8. Back to back scores for the high flying BLRC backline would add 12 more points to the lead. An Oak Bay clearing kick failed to find touch, and the ball was moved wide where it ended in the hands of Angus Fisher who touched down. The BLRC backs continued to control the game with precision passes that sprung their team mates through holes at pace. Cian Keegan was up next, taking a perfectly timed pass just before the gain line to smash through a hole and go right up the gut to score. Shelley’s convert was good but CW wasn’t down just yet. Their Mister reliable, #11 dotted down between the posts for the visitors near Fulltime and #10 converted to cap the CW scoreboard at 15. Lastly, Darren McCrory would finish the game for the home side with a nice try in the corner at the whistle. Final score 50-15 for the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club.


Angus Fisher jogs over the try line for 5 points. Photo Credit Pj Carr images

A strong game for many of the BLRC players. Adrian Longbone had a great game. Strong in the sets and handy around the pitch while never relinquishing his stoic demeanour. The centre combo of Gino Paolella and Angus Fisher impressed on both sides of the ball as did winger Andrew Porter. CW’s #11 and as always, Doug Hepp, were the standout performers for Oak Bay!


The game be viewed in full here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzQEpp15g2M

The BLRC Premier Reserve will attempt to claim their 4th league Cup since 2011’s come from behind victory this weekend when they face off against UVIC at 2pm on Field 1 at Abbotsford Exhibition Park. This will be the 4th time that the BLRC and UVIC have challenged for the championship since 2013, a testament to the depth of the 2 programs. For those keeping score, UVIC were victorious in 2013, with the BLRC claiming the trophy in 2014 & 2015.

Premier Men Semi-Final
BLRC 20 – Seattle Saracens 11

The game was really exciting and closer than I think a lot of people thought it would be. Seattle matches up well with Burnaby Lake. They have a powerful scrum and are one of the few sides that that our tight 5 can’t just push around. The Saracens started a talented back row with Schirmer & Garber making a ton of tackles and Captain Matt Trouville showing his class all over the pitch. Shalom Suniula led their backs and he was dangerous with the ball and even without it, his presence gave those around him a lot of space. After Burnaby Lake ran out to an early 17-3 lead in a dominant first half, there were a few instances in the 2nd half where I thought Seattle was going to complete the comeback. Fortunately for the BLRC, time ran out on the Saracens and the BLRC are heading back to the BC Premier Finals. This will be the teams 4th trip to the Rounsefell Cup finals in the past 5 years.

The only scoring in the game’s first quarter came via the foot. Seattle’s Andrew Nelson and Burnaby’s Mike Goodall traded 3 pointers to keep the score tied before Jeke Gotegote moved the numbers when he found a gap in the Saracens centres. At 32 minutes, the BLRC found themselves threatening with their forwards inside the Seattle 5m. The Americans defended admirably but eventually Ben Rowley broke through for 5 points. Mike Goodall converted both tries and the BLRC were ahead 17-3. A really hard hitting first 40 minutes of rugby. Kilifi + Meeson for Seattle were punishing Burnaby Lake ball carriers every chance they got. Meanwhile on the Blue & White side, Gotegote, Cejvanovic and Vikilani were meeting Saracens attackers with nothing but shoulder (safely wrapping of course). Everyone who took the pitch on Saturday woke up feeling it on Sunday I’m sure.


Jeke Gotegote finds a gap in the Saracens defence and scores. Photo credit Pj Carr images.

The 2nd half was much of the same with hard shoulders and a lack of regard for personal safety the order of things. Nelson and Goodall traded 3 pointers to put the score at 20-6 but Seattle were on the front foot for the final 20 minutes and controlled much of that game. As he was all game, Seattle centre William Stowers would be the danger man and put a scare into the BLRC faithful, taking a pop pass after a long run by Robert Meeson into the corner of the end zone for a try. Stowers try put the score at 20-11 and while Seattle pushed hard in the games dying minutes, that’s as close as it got. Chris Assmus’s final whistle signaled that the BLRC needed to book some busses to Abbotsford next Saturday. The BLRC take on the UBC Thunderbirds for the Premier Championship for the 2nd year in a row. Kickoff is at 4:30 in the Stadium at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.


Lucas Albornoz wins a BLRC lineout. Photo credit Pj Carr images



The full game can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfKNV7GlUOY&t=1s

Big thanks to Chris Assmus, Bryn Tucker + David Holmes for their solid officiating and to the rest of the BCRRS who helped out on the touch lines! Finally, with our last home game in the books, BIG Thanks to everyone who makes the BLRC machine run. The set up crew, the BLOBS, the managers, coaches + trainers, bar staff, executive, the fans, sponsors & supporters and finally to the many husbands/wives/boyfriends/girlfriends for standing behind the players and the support staff when they leave the house every Saturday to take part in our sport! Saturday is a rugby day, unless you have a team in the Premier Reserve playoffs, then maybe it’s a Sunday.

Many Teams~One Club
www.burnabylakerugby.com



Burnaby Sends Three Teams to Finals: Match Reports for 3rds, Premier Reserve and Premier


by Mike Devlin
posted May 2 2017

3rd Division Men Semi Finals
BLRC 36 – SFU 0

The battle of Burnaby got underway for the 4th time this season. The BLRC 3rds held a 2-1 lead thus far with one of those wins coming in the VRU Cup Finals in November. Head Coach Paul Szabo’s squad have played lackadaisically the past few weekends which was chalked up to clinching first place almost a month ago, but a loss is a loss and the 3rds entered the semi-final’s on a 2 game losing streak. Today, the Blue & White looked like the wrecking crew they had been for most of the season…and it was obvious early that they came to play. Tupper SS alumni Kishan Karunathasan got on the scoreboard only 2 minutes in, after a few phases of hard work from the forwards. Kishan took a wide pass at the halfway point of the pitch and stepped 2 defenders to score in the corner. The BLRC would add to their lead a few minutes later when an SFU clearing kick failed to find touch. The BLRC back 3 moved the ball wide and Brian Murphy went for a long run that ended behind the posts. Tom Menzies convert put the home side up 12-0. Near the end of the half, the BLRC were camped out inside the SFU 22m with forwards from both sides getting to know each other. Scrum half Paul Murphy had seen enough and sent the ball out to the backs where it found Kyle Geach who cut through a hole and scored to put the BLRC up 17-0 going into halftime.

Tom Menzies got the BLRC on the board quickly at the dawn of the 2nd half. Jarett Richardson’s high kickoff was reclaimed by Sukhwinder Bolina in the air and Sukhi landed at full speed, evading 2 SFU tacklers before finally being pulled down. Bolina offloaded from the deck to a streaking Tom Menzies who dotted down in the corner for 5 points. A red card to the SFU #13 was the catalyst for the next BLRC score. The SFU defence was tackling well with Sidney Berglund, Sean Longmire and Scott Weston getting their tails up and throwing some weight into their defence but SFU failed to organize and drop a loose forward into their backline to cover up the hole. Flyhalf Jarett Richardson saw a huge gap in the centres and took it, scoring under the posts. Menzies convert set the score at 29-0 with about 20 minutes left in the game. The final BLRC tally came from youngster Koro Korobasaga. Koro took a wide pass from Sukhi Bolina and raced into the SFU 22m. The defenders started to close in on him but he sent a little “Joe Dolesau-esque” grubber between the defenders & over the try line where he won the foot race for 5 points. Tom Menzies converted the try to cap the scoring at 36-0.

SFU had some strong individual performances but weren’t able to cope with the strong BLRC scrum which hindered their ability to get any type of go forward ball from the set piece or the intensity of the BLRC defence which was organized, “up quick” at every opportunity and rarely missed a tackle. SFU’s Hooker Alex Toering would have been my choice for Forward of the match. His lineout ball was accurate and he got stuck in around the pitch. In the backs, the old war horse Scott Weston had a tough task all day lining up against (first) Barry Bonell and then Francois Botes but he did an admirable job shutting down the hard crashing (and really big) BLRC Inside Centres. The BLRC got outstanding games from #8 Sukhi Bolina and #7 Tom Menzies who were all over the place, creating opportunities for their team mates. Brian Murphy and Kishan Karunathasan both played 80 minutes of dangerous rugby in the backline, just daring SFU to kick the ball to them.
The full game video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8c99E9TFWw&t=3s

The 3rd Div Men were the first BLRC Men’s team to qualify for the BCRU Finals in Abbotsford this Saturday, so we congratulate them. It seems the guys will be taking on Westshore who thumped the Capilano U23’s. Westshore look pretty strong and it should be a good tilt. Kickoff is at 12 noon on Field 1 at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.

Premier Reserve Men Semi-Final
BLRC 50 – Oak Bay Castaway-Wanderers 15

The BLRC Premier Reserve team booked their ticket to the BCRU Finals with a 50-15 victory over CW on Sunday. The Burnaby squad got off to a quick start with scrum half Mark Higgins scampering 50m for a try on the game’s opening play. Nolan Shelley made the convert and added a penalty a few minutes later to put the home side ahead 10-0. CW’s #11 (no name provided) answered with the first of his 2 tries on the day. Taking a pass out wide with CW threatening inside the BLRC 22. The winger beat his man and dove in while being corralled by a few Burnaby defenders to cut the lead in half. The Oak Bay Flyhalf was given an opportunity to cut the lead further midway through the half and he was good for it, adding 3 points to make the score 10-8. That was as close as CW would get however. A Forward Mauling try touched down by Instagram celebrity Liem #PandaFriday Jung and 2 penalty kicks from Nolan Shelley put the BLRC Premier Reserves out in front 21-8 at half time.
The 2nd half started with the BLRC backls hitting lines at full speed like they were in the back room of the Roxy. Gino Paolella made a big run, cutting through the CW defence before hitting Fullback Shane Dagg at pace.
Dagg went around 2 defenders and touched down between the posts. Nolan Shelley converted to extend the lead, 28-8. Fuku Vikilani wound add another 5 points with a pick and go from in close. 33-8. Back to back scores for the high flying BLRC backline would add 12 more points to the lead. An Oak Bay clearing kick failed to find touch, and the ball was moved wide where it ended in the hands of Angus Fisher who touched down. The BLRC backs continued to control the game with precision passes that sprung their team mates through holes at pace. Cian Keegan was up next, taking a perfectly timed pass just before the gain line to smash through a hole and go right up the gut to score. Shelley’s convert was good but CW wasn’t down just yet. Their Mister reliable, #11 dotted down between the posts for the visitors near Fulltime and #10 converted to cap the CW scoreboard at 15. Lastly, Darren McCrory would finish the game for the home side with a nice try in the corner at the whistle. Final score 50-15 for the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club.

A strong game for many of the BLRC players. Adrian Longbone had a great game. Strong in the sets and handy around the pitch while never relinquishing his stoic demeanour. The centre combo of Gino Paolella and Angus Fisher impressed on both sides of the ball as did winger Andrew Porter. CW’s #11 and as always, Doug Hepp, were the standout performers for Oak Bay!

The game be viewed in full here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzQEpp15g2M
The BLRC Premier Reserve will attempt to claim their 4th league Cup since 2011’s come from behind victory this weekend when they face off against UVIC at 2pm on Field 1 at Abbotsford Exhibition Park. This will be the 4th time that the BLRC and UVIC have challenged for the championship since 2013, a testament to the depth of the 2 programs. For those keeping score, UVIC were victorious in 2013, with the BLRC claiming the trophy in 2014 & 2015.

Premier Men Semi-Final
BLRC 20 – Seattle Saracens 11

The game was really exciting and closer than I think a lot of people thought it would be. Seattle matches up well with Burnaby Lake. They have a powerful scrum and are one of the few sides that that our tight 5 can’t just push around. The Saracens started a talented back row with Schirmer & Garber making a ton of tackles and Captain Matt Trouville showing his class all over the pitch. Shalom Suniula led their backs and he was dangerous with the ball and even without it, his presence gave those around him a lot of space. After Burnaby Lake ran out to an early 17-3 lead in a dominant first half, there were a few instances in the 2nd half where I thought Seattle was going to complete the comeback. Fortunately for the BLRC, time ran out on the Saracens and the BLRC are heading back to the BC Premier Finals. This will be the teams 4th trip to the Rounsefell Cup finals in the past 5 years.

The only scoring in the game’s first quarter came via the foot. Seattle’s Andrew Nelson and Burnaby’s Mike Goodall traded 3 pointers to keep the score tied before Jeke Gotegote moved the numbers when he found a gap in the Saracens centres. At 32 minutes, the BLRC found themselves threatening with their forwards inside the Seattle 5m. The Americans defended admirably but eventually Ben Rowley broke through for 5 points. Mike Goodall converted both tries and the BLRC were ahead 17-3. A really hard hitting first 40 minutes of rugby. Kilifi + Meeson for Seattle were punishing Burnaby Lake ball carriers every chance they got. Meanwhile on the Blue & White side, Gotegote, Cejvanovic and Vikilani were meeting Saracens attackers with nothing but shoulder (safely wrapping of course). Everyone who took the pitch on Saturday woke up feeling it on Sunday I’m sure.

The 2nd half was much of the same with hard shoulders and a lack of regard for personal safety the order of things. Nelson and Goodall traded 3 pointers to put the score at 20-6 but Seattle were on the front foot for the final 20 minutes and controlled much of that game. As he was all game, Seattle centre William Stowers would be the danger man and put a scare into the BLRC faithful, taking a pop pass after a long run by Robert Meeson into the corner of the end zone for a try. Stowers try put the score at 20-11 and while Seattle pushed hard in the games dying minutes, that’s as close as it got. Chris Assmus’s final whistle signaled that the BLRC needed to book some busses to Abbotsford next Saturday. The BLRC take on the UBC Thunderbirds for the Premier Championship for the 2nd year in a row. Kickoff is at 4:30 in the Stadium at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.

The full game can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfKNV7GlUOY&t=1s

Big thanks to Chris Assmus, Bryn Tucker + David Holmes for their solid officiating and to the rest of the BCRRS who helped out on the touch lines! Finally, with our last home game in the books, BIG Thanks to everyone who makes the BLRC machine run. The set up crew, the BLOBS, the managers, coaches + trainers, bar staff, executive, the fans, sponsors & supporters and finally to the many husbands/wives/boyfriends/girlfriends for standing behind the players and the support staff when they leave the house every Saturday to take part in our sport! Saturday is a rugby day, unless you have a team in the Premier Reserve playoffs, then maybe it’s a Sunday.

Many Teams~One Club
www.burnabylakerugby.com



Burnaby Premier Men Win at Wallace: Firsts Suffer First Loss


posted April 11 2017
from Mike Devlin

BLRC 3rd Div Men 14 – Ridge Meadows Bruins 19

The 3rds travelled East to take on the Bruins in Maple Ridge. The 2 clubs share an extremely friendly history with many players having donned both jerseys over the years. There is also a unique set of jerseys with both club crests on it that was worn by the Bruins for a season during the clubs infancy. I know the whereabouts of one of them, the rest of the set may be lost to history.

The BLRC got on the board first and held the lead for much of the game through converted try’s from Kyle Geach and Tom Menzies but Bruins flanker Dustin Fletcher answered with 2 try’s of his own. Late in the game the Burnaby 3rds were clinging to a 14-12 lead when the Bruins Julian Benvenuti crossed the try line and converted his own to give Ridge-Meadows their first lead of the game as time ran out! Congrats to the Bruins on the win and thanks for being great hosts. For the 3rds it’s their first loss of the season, so hopefully then can rebound this weekend at home vs the Rowing Club.

BLRC Premier Reserve 19 – UVIC Norsemen 23

The BLRC firsts also suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday. A weird start to the day which saw 3 players no show at the ferry terminal left them short on spares continued into the afternoon where the squad had an uncharacteristically high number of knock ons. (approx. 25 of them) that prevented them from putting points on the board at their normal pace. In spite of some slippery fingers the Firsts did jump out to a 7-3 halftime lead through a Brad McHugh try and Gareth Marsden convert and eventually went up 19-6 after try’s from Ed Swire and Marsden plus a Nolan Shelley conversion. But UVIC kept coming and eventually, with about 10 minutes left in the game, chipped away at the BLRC lead with their #15 splitting the defence and scoring. A minute later, the UVIC winger anticipated a pass in the BLRC backfield and grabbed it easily, taking it all the way to the BLRC goal before being held up. UVIC got quick ball out of the scrum and sent it wide where #20 dove over the try line. Both try’s were converted and the Norsemen now led by 1. Just before the whistle, the students were given a chance to add 3 points and they were successful. Game over, final score 23-19. Post game Coach Murph used the loss as a reminder that the Reserves weren’t going to just roll through everyone this year and that the BLRC players would need to dig deep if they were going to finish the season strong.


Andrew Porter breaks a tackle vs UVIC. photo credit: Pj Carr images

The full game can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTsZiaB4CQ0

BLRC Premier Men 41 – UVIC Vikes 26

There may have been an air of overconfidence running throughout the Burnaby Lake Men’s program this week (there certainly was in the Premier Reserve match!). With their final 2 games being played against the 8th + 9th ranked teams there may have been some who figured they’d show up + get a sweat on before heading back to the ferry with 5 points in their pocket, but the Burnaby Lake Premier Men found out early that UVIC wasn’t ready to call it a season just yet. Liam Chisolm and the young buck UVIC forwards came out slinging the ball around like backs and had the early momentum in their favour. The BLRC, however took an early lead on their first foray into enemy territory. A UVIC penalty allowed Cole McQueen to clear the ball almost to the students 22m. The lineout was won by McLaughlin and the ball sent wide to Kimi Vunituraga who took on 2 defenders before offloading the ball to McQueen who beat 1 tackler to score and put the BLRC up 5-0.


Mike Goodall mugging for the camera just before passing. photo credit: Pj Carr images

The next 2 scoring opportunities came back to back for UVIC and put a scare into the BLRC supporters who had made the trek to Wallace Field to cheer on their club! UVIC was running and gunning after a set at the half way point and an overlap was created that let Fergus Hall make some big yards before passing it out to winger Jonathan Lorimer who scored beneath the posts! Minutes later Carson O’Sulivan broke the Burnaby defensive line and then fended off 4 tacklers on his way in under the posts. Hall converted both and put UVIC ahead 14-5. That bit of shoddy tackling seemed to clear the Burnaby Lake heads a bit as they emerged from beneath the goal posts and thoroughly controlled the next 60 minutes of play.


Cole McQueen finds a gap in the Vikes defence. Photo credit: Pj Carr images

At the 25 minute mark the BLRC had a lineout at the UVIC 5m and captain Anthony “Camo Crocs” Luca was at the back of a maul as it went over for a try! 5 minutes later another 5m lineout was stopped by the Vikes defence but a series of pick and goes brought the BLRC close to the paint. BLRC junior and UBC alumni Mike O’Toole grabbed the ball and dove over the line for a try. James Reekie hit his 1st conversion of the day and the BLRC had a 17-14 lead. Just before the half, the Blue & White would cross again to secure their much needed bonus point. The Burnaby Lake attack was stalling at the UVIC 10m and it seemed that the first 40 might end with the close score line but subsequent runs from Ben Rowley, Lucas Albornoz and Cole Mosychuk got the attack steamrolling before James Reekie tied up the UVIC centres and popped the ball to Kimi Vunituraga who stepped inside the last defender to score his first of two try’s in the game. Reekie’s convert ended the half with the score 24-14 in the BLRC’s favour.


Craig McLaughlin brings the ball down in a lineout/. Photo credit: Pj Carr images

The 2nd half began with a try from UVIC stalwart Kapi Vaitaki. UVIC were aggressive off the kickoff and pushed the BLRC back into their own end with Chisolm the main catalyst. The ball eventually left the forwards and went wide to a streaking Vaitaki who dove over into the corner for a nice try! The score sat at 24-19 for 10 minutes before Vunituraga’s 2nd try got the scoreboard moving again. After a BLRC scrum at their own 22m scrumhalf Mark Higgins sent the ball to James Reekie who passed it to Mike Goodall. Goodall found a huge gap and made it to the UVIC 10m before finding contact. Goodall found Vunitraga with a flat pass and Kimi out-legged the UVC defence to put the BLRC ahead 29-19. Ten minutes passed with each team testing the opposition before the BLRC worked themselves back into scoring position. After the big boys crashed it up and bottled the UVIC defence the ball was dished wide to the speedy Dan Josok who collided with his opposite at the try line, kept his feet and touched down for 5 more points.

As he has so often done against the BLRC over the years, Vaitaki answered the bell for the VIkes yet again. UVIC executed a quick play from the back of a scrum and the ball went from 8 to 9 to 15 in the blink of an eye. Vaitaki got the ball with a full head of steam, fending off one BLRC tackler at the 22m on his way in for his 2nd try! Giuseppe Du Toit made the convert from the sideline to draw a little closer, 34-26. UVIC kept pushing and with only a few minutes left were threatening but an off kilter pass was bouncing when BLRC winger Shane Dagg scooped it up at the BLRC 10m line and took off, putting some space between himself and the nearest Vike before coasting in for a try in the corner. James Reekie made the difficult conversion and that was all she wrote. Final score: 41 – 26

A higher scoring game than I had expected, but looking back, most games between the teams tend to be high scoring affairs. For the Vikes I thought Kapi Vaitaki was their





 
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