Capilano Split Matches with Nanaimo - Tight Win in Reserves, Loss in Premier
by Steve Feenstra
Capilano RFC played two games on a cold, windy (but dry) day in the beautiful city of Nanaimo. In the first game, the Nanaimo Hornets Reserve team and the Capilano Reserves team were looking to taste victory after losses in their last games. The Premier game had Nanaimo looking for their second win and Caps looking to right the ship.
The Hornets opened the scoring in the Reserve game with a penalty kick to take a 3-0 lead. Play continued with both sides having a go at each other. No advantage until the Hornets took a few penalties in a row after which big Caps prop Jesse Ryan ploughed over, and with the convert 7-3 Caps. The Hornets came back hard, picked up a missed Cap pass and ran it in, with the convert, 10-7 Hornets. The Hornets managed a penalty kick close to the whistle to make it 13-7 Hornets at the half.
The second half had all the drama as Hornets clung to their lead until a last second (literally) try for the Caps put the sword to the Hornets. The home team started fast and scored a try at 45 min. to make it 18-7 Hornets. Caps roared back with their pack pushing hard and # 5 Jack Rainer plunging over with the convert good to tighten the score at 18-14 Hornets. The Hornets gave themselves another boost with a 50 metre sprint to have them up 23-14. With defeat staring them in the face the Caps put in a hard shift and were rewarded with a try by # 11 Ian Weekes to make it 23-19 Hornets. A few minutes later after a Hornet penalty # 2 James Ritzema ploughed over in the corner to make it 24-23 Capilanos just as the whistle sounded. Nail biter that could have gone either way, but always nice to watch a match that hangs in the balance until the final whistle.
Kudos to # 13 Jared Andrews-Almack, # 9 Malcom Klaver and # 2 James Ritzema .
The Cap Premiers were up next and were in for a long day against a charged up Hornet team that had the prior week off and were raring to go. The Cap line up had several changes from the prior week’s game against UBC. Injuries and work commitments had the visitors making a few field promotions to make the line-up work. All teams face this at some point in the season and this was the Caps turn to deal with it.
The game started brightly for the Hornets with a try at the 7 min mark after a knock on was alertly gathered by Hornets and deposited for a fiver. Extras good, 7-0 Hornets. Caps replied with a penalty kick to make it 7-3 Hornets. Injuries to Reid Tucker and Johnny Franklin midway in the 1st half made for a long shift for Joe Brit and Jared Andrews-Almack from the Reserve team. Both acquitted themselves well. At the 32 min mark, # 10 Sam Franklin kicked another penalty to bring the Caps within one point. 7-6 Hornets. That was as close as the Caps would get on the day as the Hornets slowly pulled away. An unconverted try at 37 min and a converted try at just before halftime made a 19-6 lead for the Hornets at the break.
The second half had a glimmer of hope for the Caps as # 3 Neil Courtney powered over at the 45 min mark to bring the score to 19-11 Hornets. After another Hornet try at 52 min. made it 26-11 Hornets, the Caps rallied with several forays into the home team’s territory only to be stymied by penalties and knock ons. The Hornets had two more tries to serve up to the Caps before the referee signalled time for the food to be brought out and the boat races to begin. Hornets played well and were deserving of the 36-11 final score. Capilanos effort is never in question and will hope for better results after the break.
Kudos to # 8 Jordon Reid-Harvey, # 1 Rowan Baker, and # 3 Neil Courtney.
Big thank you to the match officials and to Nanaimo for hosting a great day of rugby.