BC Rugby Weekend of March 16th 2019

March 15 2019

BCRN 2019

BC Premier Weekend Results: Lakers Top CW; Vikes Sting Hornets; Bays Overwhelm Valhallians; Caps Fall at T-Birds; Lomas Edged by Saracens


Look forward to the report on this match. CW went up early scoring outside, Burnaby replied from the forwards. Two tries on the outside and the match was tied at 12. The Burnaby scrum seemed dominant and contributed to a try from their #8 but CW replied 19-19. The teams again tied at 26-26 and 33-33. The Burnaby bench seemed to be the difference and they scored the last try of the match for a 40-33 final. Burnaby are now top of the table and look a good bet to finish 1st. UBC and CW will battle it out for 2nd. Next week CW host Nanaimo while Burnaby host the Ravens.

The top match of the weekend, #1 hosting #2, the outcome will go a long way to determine who finishes top of the league and which two teams will get a quarter-final bye. UBC are waiting just behind in 3rd place looking to overtake the loser of this match. CW with two fairly easy matches after this to close out the season, if they get the win they should lock up top spot. Burnaby have three matches left after this, one tough match against the Ravens left to go. CW have standouts Pitblado at #9, Bradley at #12 and Dobravsky #8 with a strong support group. Burnaby have them matched at scrum half with Reid Watkins also getting top reviews from opposition coaches. Taitusi Vikilani a good match up vs Dobravsky at #8. It's going to be an epic match but giving a slight edge for the home field advantage. Prediction: CW by 1.

1 Nik Hildebrand
2 Preston Petrovitch
3 Bryce Worden
4 Tom Civjanovic (i)
5 Craig Mclaughlin
6 Siaki Vikilani
7 Mike O'Toole (Capt)
8 Taitusi Vikilani
9 Reid Watkins
10 Geoff Ryan (gk)
11 Dan Josok
12 Neil Maclaine (i)
13 Cole Macqueen
14 Andrew Porter
15 Ben Mcivor (i)

1. John Braddock
2. Clayton Thornber
3. Jack Sponarski
4. Kyle Hohert
5. Mike Finnemore
6. Sawyer Herron
7. Nathan Stewart
8. Dustin Dobravsky
9. James Pitblado
10. Cam Hall
11. Balucci Kegode
12. Luke Bradley
13. Jonny Morris
14. Mike Adibe
15. Fergus Hall


Little doubt in this match in a 10 try to 3 result. Vikes solidify their hold of 5th place, Nanaimo just closing out the season now in 11th place. Next week Nanaimo visit CW while UVic host Westshore.

#10 hosting #5, last time these teams met in December it was UVic by +18. Vikes with four matches left have to keep winning to keep ahead of Seattle and Caps who are chasing the last playoff spots. Nanaimo missing their outstanding centre Jared Stephens and the Vikes just have too many attacking weapons across the field, their 9/10 combination is very strong and the outside backs can counter attack for a full 80. Nanaimo will have to play a strong possession game to keep it close. Prediction: Vikes by 12.

1: Tuitala Tauaika
2: Thomas Larder
3: Cameron McKerrow
4: Michael Halaliku
5: Mallory Roe
6: Matt Weir
7: Zephyr Melnyk
8: Brad Marshall
9: Samuel Fowler
10: Stephen Gillies
11: Cooper Kenda
12: Lachlan Donnelly
13: Seth Recalma
14: Cathal Long
15: Tyler Hume
16: Patrick Milford
17: Antonio Corbin
18: Joseph Blain
19: Makenzie Simmons-Foot
20: Ray Young
21: Harrison King
22: Taniela Tulia
23: Taylor de Souza

1. Thomas Di Fiore - Prop Brentwood College
2. Tyler Rockwell - Hooker Western High School
3. Gavin Kratz - Prop Oak Bay Secondary School
4. Nick Pearce - Lock Argyle Secondary School
5. Jackson Matthews - Lock Loyola Secondary School
6. Oliver Nott - Flanker Shawnigan Lake School
7. James O’Neill - Flanker Shawnigan Lake School
8. Nicholas Carson - Number 8 Oak Bay Secondary School
9. Crosby Stewart - Scrum-half Oak Bay Secondary School
10. Grady Bowd - Fly Half Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive
11. Kapi Vataiki - Wing Richmond Secondary School
12. Logan Martin-Feek - Centre Claremont Secondary School
13. Lockie Kratz - Centre Oak Bay Secondary School
14. Karsten Leitner - Wing St. George’s School
15. Brennig Prevost - Full Back Glenlyon-Norfolk School
16. Gui Costa - Prop Shawnigan Lake School
17. Noah Bain - Wing Yale Secondary School
18. Jenner Teufel - Scrum Half Shawnigan Lake School
19. Carter White - Hooker Oak Bay Secondary School
20. Gabe Casey   -  Fullback        Nepean High School
21. Denver Fatt - Prop St. George’s School
22. Tom Heuser - Flanker Sardis Secondary School
23. Liam Morrison - Wing Earl Marriott Secondary


The Sean White coached team looked good today, putting together multiple phases and easily controlling the game. The return of Luke Campbell raised their game. Westshore looked disjointed while missing a couple of key loose forwards due to injury. Westshore and James Bay are both out of the playoff picture and playing for pride and for recruiting next year. Next week Westshore visit UVic while James Bay host UBC.

#8 hosting #11, the Bays won +6 when they hosted in October. The Bays with four games left are mathematically out of the playoff race but Westshore with 5 games left still have a outside chance if they win their remaining matches. They performed poorly in their last match at home against CW and are missing a couple of their starting loose forwards Ben Brill and Cole Mosychuk. They've added Tom Isherwood to fullback and he'll be going up against Cooper Coats for the Bays, two young players looking to break into the Canada 7s and impress coach McGrath. For the Bays they have Luke Campbell back which is a huge bonus for them after playing well for Canada, Mike Nieuwenhuysen always a hard runner in the centres. Both teams have some standouts but also gaps in the talent pool, should be an interesting match but a difficult one to call. Just going on home field advantage we'll give the nod to Westshore. Prediction: Westshore by 2.

Note from Clay Panga Director of Westshore Rugby

Kia Ora Everybody,

I am reaching out in the hopes that we could maybe have an impromptu kiwi get together tomorrow at the Westshore Rugby Club. With the recent terrorist acts back home in NZ, I really think it's important for us to all band together. There will be a moment of silence at 2:30 tomorrow before the James Bay vs Westshore game. After the game I will ask the the captain's to raise a glass in memory of those in NZ. I will then ask all the kiwis to perform the Ka Mate haka. Note we will be doing entry by donation and proceeds will go to Christchurch

1 Saman Rezapour i
2 Matt Evans
3 Phil Erb
4 Jason Gagnier
5 Foster Dewitt
6 Kyle White
7 Jade Billington i
8 Tua Vaa
9 Brock Gallagher rc
10 Jordan Tait
11 Paul Van Thiel
12 Isaac Gonevou
13 Quinn Ngawati
14 Aaron Hersant
15 Tom Isherwood
16 Tobias Berg
17 Bryce McKinnon
18 Neil Hagerty
19 Craig Inglis
20 Matt Jones i
21 Adam Roer
22 Matt Kemp

1. Liam Murray
2. Jake Slobodian
3. Blake van Heynigen
4. Shea Wakefield Cpt.
5. Alex Jordan
6. Luke Campbell
7. Mason Flesch
8. Carson O Sullivan
9. Mitch Sora
10. Elliot Johnson
11. Austin Pinnell
12. Mike Nieuwenhuysen
13. Thomas Burton
14. Nathan Waldmann
15. Cooper Coats
16. Fischer Kooman
17. Andrew MacPherson
18. Ethan Wright
19. Andrew de Goede
20. Peter Masimo
21. Guillaume Caillaux
22. Nabeel Imtiaz
23. Coleman Braid


Unofficial at this point but we heard a 47-39 score for Seattle which is exactly what we predicted. The result would keep Seattle in 6th place and solid contenders for the last playoff spot with 3 matches left. Next week Seattle visit Rowers while Lomas have a bye.

#6 hosting #12, the motivation to retain the last playoff spot should see a fired up home team. Seattle end the season with three road games including two tough ones against Ravens and Vikes so they'll need this win with a BP to finish ahead of Capilano at the end of the season. Lomas have only won two games this season, both of them on the road. They lost by 6 when they hosted Seattle so it should be a competitive match but Seattle should prevail. Prediction: Seattle by 8.


1. Pat Farrell
2. Ryan Youngman
3. Alfred Tafuna
4. Ben Gus
5. Penitoke Yauvoli
6. Jacob Flores
7. Ryan Sneider
8. Maile Taufa
9. Andrew Nelson
10. Jonny Reid
11. Will Stowers
12. Joey Iosefo
13. Penisoni Leua
14. Martin Vakamoce
15. Moses Lalasava
16. Danny Sonon
17. Giuseppe Semeraro
18. Matt Duncan
19. Cole Van Harn
20. Hannibal Vaivao
21. TBD
22. TBD
23. James Tuiqilai


No life line for the Caps this year. UBC put them to the sword with a 12 try to 2 performance. UBC now in second place while Caps fall further behind Seattle in the race for the last playoff spot. Next week UBC visit James Bay while Capilano have a bye.

#3 hosting #7, normally this would be an easy pick but Caps and UBC have a long history together and the Caps have had some surprise upsets over UBC in recent times. Last year around this time UBC were top of the table and Caps were 6th, we had predicted a +8 win for UBC but Capilano created the upset 32-26 over UBC. So we're a little unsure on this one. UBC had an easy +27 win when the teams met in November at Klahanie. Dave Brown usually has the rosters out early but he's away from the office this week and there's been no word from coach Curry Hitchborn yet. UBC rotate their rosters quite a bit so it's an important factor in this match. UBC's last Premier match was over a month ago and they knocked off the top ranked team CW by +18 (also played Cal Bears in home and away which they won), so they are contenders again for the title whether they finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Caps last played two weeks ago and played well taking down JBAA on the road. We'll have to make the prediction without the UBC roster but just on previous form it should be a W for the T-Birds. Prediction: UBC by 5.

1 - Mackenzie Mills
2 - Alex Boyd
3 - Jesse Ryan
4 - Jordan Orr
5 - Rich Merinsky
6 - Jack Rainer
7 - Jason de Freitas
8 - Jordan Reid-Harvey
9 - Chris Robinson
10 - Jeremy Simon
11 - Ari Stan
12 - Ben Cameron
13 - Johnny Franklin
14 - Ryan Agyagos
15 - Sam Franklin

UBC (arrived 3:14pm)
1. Nick Frost
2. Harrison Smith
3. Cali Martinez
4. Liam Doll
5. James Carson
6. Owain Ruttan
7. Mike Smith
8. Nick Allen
9. Fraser Hurst
10. Adam McQueen
11. Jake Lan
12. Ben Lesage
13. Elias Ergas
14. Evan Norris
15. Daniel Archer

UBC roster Feb 2nd
1. Nick Frost (Collingwood)
2. Cali Martinez (Earl Marriott)
3. James Carson (Oak Bay)
4. Nolan Howell (Hugh McRoberts)
5. Liam Doll (Carson Graham)
6. Owain Ruttan (St Mary’s)
7. Jake Ikeda (Magee) ©
8. Nick Allen (Mulgrave)
9. Matt Ye (Bill Crothers)
10. Nick Collett (Southridge)
11. Cole Keffer (Sutherland)
12. Michael Smith (Earl Marriott)
13. Daniel Archer (Renaissance College)
14. Evan Norris (Shawnigan Lake)
15. Fraser Hurst (St George’s)

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