BC Rugby Weekend of March 31st 2018

March 31 2018

BCRN 2018

Weekend Results: Bays Upset Caps; Vikes Take Down Saracens; T-Birds Fly Past Valhallians

[ed. note the Caps v Vikes game next week is at UVic as the team's traded home matches, the earlier one being played at Klahanie.]


This is an interesting one, the Bays were up 43-15 at the half and then only scored 3 points in the second half while the Caps roared back. It will be interesting to read the match reports from John Langley and Phil Meyer. A good rebound for the Bays however after getting thumped last weekend. It's going to make the last two weekends very interesting though as there are now three teams fighting it out for the two last playoff spots. Caps get 2 bonus points in the loss so they have 48 points now, UVic won this weekend with a BP so they sit at 49 points in 5th place. James Bay with the BP win are at 44 points, they still have to make up 4 points in two weeks to catch the last playoff spot. Seattle at 40 points and only one game left are officially out of the playoff picture now. The Bays have to beat Burnaby next weekend in Burnaby, that will be difficult. Caps visit UVic so they control their own fate but that will be a tough game as well.

What can you say after getting demolished 86-0 in your last match? I'm sure the Bays will soldier on with pride and come out even tougher in this match, will they have the artillery to get the job done however? An important match for both sides, only two games left after this and spots 5 and 6 still in doubt for the playoffs. The Bays tight five may be downgraded a bit without Noah Barker and Shea Wakefield. Graham Harriman and Jacob de Goede are back though which will help, Andrew Macpherson moves from second row to tighthead so interesting to see how the scrums do tomorrow. Kieran McAuley returns as openside a plus for the Bays. Same halfback pairing, two new backs Thomas Burton and Ed Adams. For the Caps only one change in the forwards from last week, Rowan Baker comes in at hooker. Caps beat Nanaimo last week 44-24. Sam Franklin moves from fullback to flyhalf, Austin Karius moves to fullback and Giles Klaver comes in at wing. Caps are 7 points clear of the Bays with 2 games left, a win here would assure them a playoff spot. A UVic win in Seattle with a Bays loss would pretty well eliminate the Bays from postseason. Prediction: Caps by 8.

1 Mackenzie Mills
2 Rowan Baker
3 Neil Courtney
4 Reid Tucker
5 Rich Merinsky
6 Jonathan Webster
7 Jordan Reid-Harvey
8 Glen McKinnon (C)
9 Chris Robinson
10 Sam Franklin
11 Erik Hunter-James
12 Chad Carlsen
13 Johnny Franklin
14 Giles Klaver
15 Austin Karius



No details on the match except that the Vikes won with a bonus point, the loss for Seattle mathematically eliminates them from the playoffs as they only have one game left and the 6th place team, Capilano, are 8 points clear. Vikes in 5th place with 49 and host Caps next weekend which will be a big match to decide the 5th and 6th place, the loser of that match could be in jeopardy if the Bays defeat Burnaby next week. The way it sits now, Vikes would visit Burnaby and Caps would visit CW in the quarter-finals.

Very important match and how will the new Rugby Canada edict affect the Vikes, Seattle won't be affected that's for sure. UVic's high flying winger, Aidan McMullan, showed up in civvies at UVic practice on RC lock down. Crosby Stewart takes his place. Conor Keys in second row gone to the RC bench as well. Jesse Burns moves from blindside to take his place. Carson Sullivan comes into the backrow to cover for Burns. Guiseppe du Toit another RC casualty for Vikes, Logan Martin-Feek gets the start. Ethan Hager is back in the roster and takes a wing position. Vikes missing three key players, how will this affect their performance after they've been on fire lately? For Seattle Andy Detiveaux replaces Taylor Krumrie at second row, Jasper Bowen-Shepherd replaces Kellen Gordon. That's two Seattle Seawolves gone from the starting XV, the MLR contracts are in play now and players have to be specifically released by the league to play. No Eric Deuchle either at #8 Hannibal Vaivao takes his place. Halfbacks remain the same from last week, only one change in the backs James Tiquiri comes in at wing. So both teams missing several key players, be interesting, think UVic have enough to get the job done however. Prediction: UVic by 5.

1. Spencer Cooper                       
2. Alex McAra
3. MacBryan Bos                                       
4. Jesse Burns                   
5. Gavin Kratz                                
6. Jackson Matthews       
7. James O’Neill
8. Carson O’Sullivan
9. James Pitblado                                     
10. Grady Bowd
11. Crosby Stewart
12. Logan Martin- Feek    
13. Jack McCarthy
14. Ethan Hager                 
15. Brennig Prevost                                             
16. Callum Richards
17. Mostyn Findlay
18. Bryce Bostock
19. Liam Mahon
20. Liam Morrison

1. Jasper Bowen-Shepherd
2. Dan Treiweller
3. Danny Sonon
4. Andy Detiveaux
5. Nick McKenna
6. Jonathon Valz
7. Cole Van Harn
8. Hannibal Vaivao
9. Isaiah Chinen
10. Johnny Reid
11. Dion Crowder
12. Will Stowers
13. Sequoyah Burke Combs
14. James Tiquiri
15. Cecil Ala


Westshore kept in this game for a long time it was 17-13 for UBC at the half and then UBC owned the second half, especially the last 20 minutes. The UBC fitness and pace wears teams down and the last quarter is where they really shine. I didn't think they played particularly well today in the first 60 minutes so a testament to what they can do when they're on their game for a full 80. The Westshore defence was strong for the first 40 minutes. UBC now sit top of the table, three points clear of the Ravens. UBC take another ferry ride next week as they visit CW while Westshore host Meraloma.

UBC on a tear, along with the Ravens look favourites for a final matchup. They had a tough match against Burnaby last week but came out on top while UVic spanked Westshore. Westshore at home while Thunderbirds have to deal with ferry legs. Unlikely to be enough to stop the Thunderbirds from claiming first place ahead of the Ravens who have already played 18 games and are resting this week. Clint Lemkus comes back from injury, he's worth the price of admission alone at tighthead, he'll be going up against Casey Reed of Westshore. Joe Sourisseau moves to loosehead and Harrison Smith starts at hooker, a different configuration from last weekend. Nolan Howell gets the start at second row while Cam McWillian is rested (or on the bench). Owain Ruttan gets the start at blindside flanker instead of Michael Smith. Halfbacks remain the same from last week, Flynn Heyes gets a start in the centres and Theo Sauder gets a rest on the bench. Jake Lan replaces Wes Black on the wing. For Westshore they're missing Ryan Kotlewski who was pulled by RC. Foster Dewitt moves back to his normal flanker position as Craig Inglis comes into second row. Jade Billington moves from loose forward to hooker for this match. Mark Discombe moves from flyhalf to scrum half and Tyrone Gersch takes the #10 spot. Jordan Tait comes back into the roster at fullback. The UBC scrum should dominate and set a strong platform for the backs. Westshore didn't deal well with the Victora students last week, won't get easier against their Vancouver counterparts. Prediction: UBC by 12.

1 Joe Sourisseau (St George’s)
2 Harrison Smith (Handsworth)
3 Clint Lemkus (Paul Roos)
4 Nolan Howell (Hugh McRoberts)
5 James Carson (Oak Bay)
6 Owain Ruttan (St Mary’s)
7 Jake Ikeda (Magee) ©
8 Nick Allen (Mulgrave)
9 Cole Keffer (Sutherland)
10 Wes Wong (Shawnigan Lake)
11 Jake Lan (Rockridge)
12 Flynn Heyes (Carson Graham)
13 John Jubenvill (Earl Marriott)
14 Kevin Vertkas (Mentor College)
15 Nick Collett (Southridge)

1. Casey Reed
2. Jade Billington
3. Neil Haggerty
4. Jason Gagnier
5. Craig Inglis
6. Foster Dewitt
7. Kyle Richard White
8. Clay Panga
9. Mark Discombe
10. Tyrone Gersch
11. Niu Savea
12. Taylor Maguire
13. Sitiveni Nacoko
14. Tommy Lee
15. Jordan Tait

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