Westshore Lose to Cowichan in Div 1 Times Cup Fixture
by Clancy McDonnell
Men’s Times Cup: WRFC 24 – Cowichan 28
Westshore travelled to the Cowichan Valley for a typically challenging fixture on Saturday. The hosts put 28 points on the board, while the visitors overcame a curious 25 – 3 penalty count to be within a score at the final whistle.
The Piggies enjoyed the run of play, and accrued points through tries to begin with, then astute penalties late in the piece. Their fullback was the pick of the bunch, using speed and strength both returning kicks and in regular phase play. Westshore looked alright, but unsurprisingly, given the penalty ledger, they struggled to establish rhythm. Nevertheless, the visitors pushed through to the end and made a genuine contest of it. A late score looked to put them on top, but it was called back so everybody could have a breather and enjoy a scrum.
With the victory, Cowichan secured the Times Cup for the season – a fine achievement for the largely homegrown club.
Women’s Premier: WRFC 44 – Seattle 28
The Valkyries travelled to Seattle and continued their good run despite playing in a foot of mud. They had the upper hand in the scrums, and constructed most of their tries with multiple phases and full team involvement. Seattle scored a few tries as well, shifting turnover ball well and sprinting up the wing. Meg Howat and Brittany Sims were recognized for their performances in the backs and forwards respectively.
The 3rd Division lost a close one up in Port Alberni. Oprah has been giving out byes for the coming weekend.