BC Rugby Week of March 7th 2019

March 08 2019

BCRN 2019

BC Premier Results CW Pummel Westshore in Midweek Fixture: CW Now Top of the Table

CW 50 - Westshore 12

CW may want to schedule all their matches midweek under the lights, they put in a dominant 8 try to 2 win over Westshore Thursday evening. The last time these teams met it was a narrow one point victory to CW and many were expecting another tight contest. The win puts CW top of the table at 54 points, Burnaby 2nd at 53 points but a game in hand, and UBC in 3rd at 52 points. Not to be discounted are the Ravens at 46 points with also a game in hand. The top two teams get a bye into the semi-finals and a home fixture. Next weekend sees CW hosting Burnaby. Westshore remain in 8th place with their playoff hopes getting a little dimmer. They host James Bay next weekend.

The BC Premier is taking a week off to enjoy the Canada 7s in Vancouver but one club can't afford the rest. Westshore needs to fit 6 games into the remaining 5 weeks of the season and CW were good enough to oblige with a mid-week fixture. That will leave Westshore a manageable 5 matches in 5 weekends. Good to see some inter-club cooperation. It's going to be tricky for some players as they'll play XVs on Thursday evening and then hit the ferry to make the Vancouver 7s on Friday for their respective teams. CW (49 points) lost big to the Ravens (48) on the road last weekend so will want to right the ship, while Westshore (24) are coming off a big win over Lomas (14) on the road. CW sitting 3rd in the standings could jump past UBC (52) with the win to take over 2nd place, both teams would have played 13 games in the 16 game season. Burnaby (53) currently sit in 1st place with only 12 games played. Westshore have only played 10 games due to quirks in the schedule and weather postponements. They still have a chance to catch the last playoff spot currently held by Seattle (32) who only have four matches left. Westshore have some new faces, Saman Rezapour is a loosehead prop from the Luxembourg national team, he's captained the team on occasion. Westshore coaches describe him as a mobile and smart player. He was part of the big win last weekend in Vancouver. Westshore have also added Brock Webster to the roster, Webster could be the next Phil Mack, in demand at the national level in 7s at scrum half and in XVs as flyhalf/scrum half. He's listed on the bench but expect him to have an impact when he comes on, much like Djustice Sears-Duru for CW also listed on the bench. Westshore have a pretty good set of loose forwards, CW have a good 9, 10, 12 combination. Luke Bradley is playing at #12 but the former Canada 7s player is also an effective loose forward if required. It should be an interesting match, a lot may have to do with subs and when they're brought on, both teams have players on the bench better than the starters. It could be a chess match between the coaches. CW missing Schellenberger this week playing with BC 7s, he was missing last week in CW's loss, will that be an omen? Feel uncertain about the outcome with the teams reversing direction last week from previous season form but have to give the nod on consistency to CW. Prediction: CW by 3.

1 Saman Rezapour i
2 Matt Evans
3 Phil Erb
4 Foster Dewitt c
5 Jason Gagnier
6 Jade Billington i
7 Cole Mosychuk
8 Ben Brill i
9 Adam Roer
10 Aaron Hersant
11 Shane Dagg
12 Isaac Gonevou
13 Quinn Ngawati
14 Conrad Newell
15 Jordan Tait
16 Tobias Berg
17 Bryce McKinnon
18 Kyle White
19 Luke Baker
20 Tua Vaa
21 Mark Discombe
22 Brock Gallagher RC
23 Brock Webster RC
24 Tom Isherwood


Premier match is 7:45pm, Reserve is 6:15pm

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