BC Rugby Weekend of January 20th 2018

January 20 2018


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Weekend Results: Burnaby Blank Lomas; Ravens Edge CW; Westshore Top Caps; T-Birds Stun Hornets; Bays Topple Saracens


Burnaby 29 @ Meraloma 0

Burnaby even without their full first team squad were able to dominate the scoreline today. They're probably the club with the most depth in the league. Blindside flanker Mike O'Toole opened the scoring, next the forward pack won a penalty try to put Burnaby up 12-0. Tighthead prop Bryce Worden added a score for a 17-0 halftime scoreline. In the second half openside flanker Cole Mosychuk added two scores and at the whistle is was 29-0. Burnaby remains in 3rd place as both T-Birds and Ravens won to keep slightly ahead.

PREGAME
The second half of the season kicks off and teams will be jostling to finish in the top 6 and advance to post season play. The Lomas are in 8th so need to string some victories together to make that a reality. They're 9 points behind 6th place Capilano and 8 points behind 7th place Seattle. Burnaby are sitting in 3rd place but the top two teams get a quarter-final bye so they'll want to catch UBC and the Ravens who are 4 and 3 points ahead respectively. The Lomas have their 4 imports plus Hank McQueen back from Ontario, Josh Clarke captains the side. Burnaby missing a few players so this game could be closer than the standings indicate. Jeke Gotegote is back in the centres and teams up with Vunituraga, a potent midfield. Lomas at home may cause an upset but the 3rd place team get the nod. Prediction: Burnaby by 6.

BURNABY


MERALOMAS
1. Nathan Amey
2. Scott McGinley
3. Cian Byrne INT
4. Anton Belozerov
5. Hank Mcqueen
6. Justin Fanselow
7. Connor McCann
8. Josh Clarke (C)
9. Tom Viljoen INT
10. Olly Owen INT
11. Shawn Mercier
12. Callum Baynham
13. Benji Cottle INT
14. Derek Townsend
15. Mike Hall
16. James Lambert
17. David Zhang
18. James Beck
19. Pat Zuk
20. Ben Martin INT
21. Steff Evans
22. Antun Pekoe
23. Gavri Grossman


CW 22 @ UBCOB Ravens 31

We said Ravens by 8 and they won by 9. Graham Turner scored two tries from the wing to put Ravens up 12-0. Ravens might have got a little overconfident at that point and CW gave them a reality check with three straight scores to go ahead 17-12 early in the second half. Ravens woke up and scored three tries of their own including the hat-trick by Turner for a final of 31-22. Ravens remain in second only a point behind UBC.

PREGAME
All hail the conquering heroes may be the tune going through the mind of home team supporters - Ravens returning from an impressive win in Houston, a few stories no doubt in the post game celebrations. CW will want to give them a different sort of welcome home message and steal a win on the road. It will be interesting to see how Ravens respond mentally after the high of a road trip. Their Irish #8 Moran is not listed but Chris Taylor is back in the lineup at tighthead. CW missing a few players, this is the first weekend the MLR team Seattle Seawolves get together for preseason training so the likes of Barkwill and Polson are gone. Doug Fraser with the Canada side. It's a respectible backline however that can put points on the board. Edge to the home team however. Prediction: Ravens by 8.

RAVENS
1 Curtis Delaminco
2 Paul Ahn
3 Chris Taylor
4 Jon Phelan
5 Sam Clarke
6 Nick Waggot
7 David O'Donoghue (i)
8 Kol Hendrickson
9 Aj King (i)
10 Harjun Gill
11 Graham Turner
12 Adam McQueen
13 Cully Quirk ©
14 Sean Ferguson
15 Aaron McLelland (i)
16 Dimitri Gotsopoulos
17 Matiaz Suez
18 Marc Belevdere
19 Tom Mcgrath (i)
20 Conor Hamilton
21 Kelepi Cucake
22 Ben Grant
23 Jorden Sandover-Best

CW


Capilano 21 @ Westshore 25

It was a strange game, Caps had control of the match early on and kicked 3 penalties. They had all the possession in the first half and if they had been able to control the game for the full 80 it would have gone well for them but rugby, as in life, throws you the unexpected. An errant pass was intercepted by Westshore and touched down under the posts and the second half flood gates opened, Westshore put up 25 straight points before Caps ended the match with two tries. The Capilano loss plus the James Bay win puts Bays in 5th and Caps down to 6th, still ahead of Seattle for the final playoff spot.

PREGAME
Westshore missing Nakai Penny who is with the Seawolves, they have some threats in the backline with Sitiveni Nacoko a strong runner if he sees some space. Taylor McQuire the kiwi is also a danger if Caps kick the ball too much. Canada player Ryan Kotlewski is back in the mix and not picked up by the Canada side so far. Caps always a strong forward pack and their captain Glenn McKinnon is a great leader on the field, leading by example. The question will be how the backlines match up, think Westshore has the edge here if they see enough ball. Prediction: Westshore by 3.

WESTSHORE
1. Tobias Berg
2. Roland Wayne(Casey Reed)
3. Ryan Kotlewski
4. Jason Gagnier
5. Aidan McCleary
6. Foster Dewitt
7. Kyle White
8. Clayton Panga
9. Jordan Tait
10. Tyrone Gersch
11. Tommy Lee
12. Niu Savea
13. Paul-Henri van Thiel
14. Sitiveni Nacoko
15. Taylor McGuire
16. Jade Billington
17. Jay Jimmo
18. Neil Hagerty
19. David Phillips
20. Rick Bown
21. Mark Discombe
22. Trent Wilson

CAPILANO
1 - Mackenzie Mills
2 - Jason de Freitas
3 - Neil Courtney
4 - Reid Tucker
5 - Rich Merinsky
6 - Jonathan Webster
7 - Jordan Reid-Harvey
8 - Glen McKinnon (C)
9 - Chris Robinson
10 - Steven Cassells
11 - Giles Klaver
12 - Chad Carlsen
13 - Johnny Franklin
14 - Scott Rogers
15 - Austin Karius


Nanaimo 12 @ UBC 51

No surprise in the scoreline as UBC keep rolling along to remain top of the league. UBC host UVic next weekend while Nanaimo host Seattle.

PREGAME
Little doubt about the outcome with #1 hosting #11. A good test for Nanaimo to open the second half. They've added a couple of players, Gareth Pritchard, formerly from Austin honed his rugby skills in Scotland but is Canada eligible. He's already played for the Maple Leaf 7s team last year. He's a #9 but may find his way to #10, in his first match however he starts in the Reserves at #15 and subs into the Prem game. Jeff Williams the U20 coach may be interested in this match as two U20 hopefuls face off at #7 with Michael Smith for UBC and Peyton Eagar for Nanaimo. Peyt returned from a stint in North Otago and is now focused on earning a national U20 spot. UBC will have too much consistency throughout the XV, led by Theo Sauder at #10. Prediction: UBC by 15.

UBC
1 Nick Frost (Collingwood)
2 Connor Sampson (Charles Tupper)
3 Cali Martinez (Earl Marriott)
4 Liam Doll (Carson Graham)
5 James Carson (Oak Bay)
6 Harrison Smith (Handsworth)
7 Michael Smith (Earl Marriott)
8 Nick Allen (Mulgrave)
9 William McDougall-Percillier (Brentwood)
10 Theo Sauder © (St George’s)
11 Elias Ergas (Collingwood)
12 Nick Collett (Southridge)
13 John Jubenvill (Earl Marriott)
14 Jake Lan (Rockridge)
15 Fraser Hurst (St George’s)

NANAIMO


James Bay 25 @ Seattle 10

The Bays posted on social media on their way up, "At the border with the team. Two buses with 100 foreign exchange students in front of us . Border Security says two hours." They obviously were not in a great mood by the time they did get to the pitch and that may have been a good thing. They won both matches including a bonus point win in Premier. They were leading 16-5 at the half, the win put Bays in 5th place

PREGAME
Seattle the only team not to put out a roster this weekend, at the time of writing. Returning from a disheartening loss to Houston by 40+ points, how will they respond on home turf? The Bays sending down a good team but missing some key players like Sean White and Graham Harriman. Bays, Caps, Seattle all battling for the 5th/6th spots only separated by one point. This match result could be crucial. Difficult to predict without the Seattle lineup but we'll give a slight edge to the Bays. Prediction: Bays by 1.

JAMES BAY
1) Blake Vanheyningen
2) Steven Ng
3) Noah Barker
4) Shea Wakefield
5) Kieran McAuley
6) Jakob Butler
7) Moe Abdelmonem
8) Travis Larsen
9) Brock Gallagher
10) Elliot Johnson
11) Guillamme Calleux
12) Nate Waldmen
13) Mike Nieuwenhaysen
14) Mitch Sora
15 Elliott Mitrou




BC Season Starts Second Half on Saturday: Schedule Posted


It's been a while but Saturday sees the second half kickoff with a full Premier schedule and a lighter schedule in the lower divisions.

We'll have our predictions on Friday when the rosters are available. With the heavy rains check back for postponements and venue changes.

SCHEDULE
(from BCRU - Time/Location/Home/Visitor/Ref)

Mens Premier League
14:30 Connaught Park MERALOMA V BURNABY LAKE David Smortchevsky
14:30 Chuckanut SEATTLE V JAMES BAY AA
14:30 UBC UBC V NANAIMO Jivan Dhaliwal
14:30 Jericho UBCOB RAVENS V CASTAWAY WANDERERS Harry Mason
14:30 Juan De Fuca WESTSHORE V CAPILANO Nathan Abdelnour

Mens Premier Reserve
12:45 Connaught Park MERALOMA 2 V BURNABY LAKE 2
12:45 Magnuson Park SEATTLE 2 V JAMES BAY AA 2
12:45 UBC UBC 2 V NANAIMO 2
12:45 Jericho UBCOB RAVENS 2 V CASTAWAY WANDERERS 2
12:45 Juan De Fuca WESTSHORE 2 V CAPILANO 2

Womens Premier League
11:15 Juan De Fuca WESTSHORE V CAPILANO
12:45 Ryan Field SEATTLE V CASTAWAY WANDERERS

Mens Division 1
13:00 Comox COMOX V WESTSHORE 3
13:00 Cowichan COWICHAN V CASTAWAY WANDERERS 3

Mens Division 2
12:45 South Surrey Ath Pk BAYSIDE 2 V ABBOTSFORD 2 postponed from december 9
12:45 Sullivan Heights SURREY BEAVERS AA 2 V UNITED 2 postponed from dec 9

Womens Division 1
11:15 Exhibition Park ABBOTSFORD V KAMLOOPS
11:15 John Oliver Park BRIT LIONS V COWICHAN
11:15 Connaught Park MERALOMA V SIMON FRASER RC
11:15 United - Hume UNITED V NANAIMO

Womens Division 2
11:15 Juan De Fuca WESTSHORE 2 V CAPILANO 2

Mens Division 3
12:45 Thomas Haney RIDGE MEADOWS V CAPILANO 3

Times Cup
13:00 Port Alberni PORT ALBERNI V U OF VICTORIA NORSEMEN times cup

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