Capilano RFC Match Reports - Win for Premier Women; Losses in Premier Men and Reserves vs UBC
Capilano 2nd Division Women 19 – 20 Scribes Women
Capilano 3rd Division Men 15 – 45 UBC 3rd Division Men
Capilano Premier Women 72 – 29 UBC Women
Capilano Premier Reserve Men 3 – 40 UBC Premier Reserve Men
Capilano Premier Men 12 – 67 UBC Premier Men
Capilano 3rd Division Men
Capilano Alumni Curry Hitchborn and his coaches have put together a very strong program at UBC. Their 3rd Division side is coached by another Capilano Alumnus, Chase Kelliher.
Credit to them on improving University rugby in BC and Canada. They scout the high schools in BC and throughout the Country as well as overseas and get some amazing athletes. Today they put on quite a display of running rugby throughout the day in 3 men's divisions and Caps came up short.
The Capilano 3rds were the first of 3 victims! I volunteered to cover the 3rd Division and the Premier Women’s game as one scribe cannot possibly do 4 games. I got the two best games to cover and got the best of the draw. Today the UBC frosh were led by some powerful running by number 13 who is a UBC football player from Alberta. He looked as though he could start for the Thunderbirds but apparently, according to Curry he plays rugby as a cross training sport to keep in shape for football. This is smart as most football players are not rugby fit and cannot keep up with the non stop action that differentiates the two sports. Number 13 scored 3 times today and looked very good doing so. UBC went up early on a penalty kick, then number 13 scored his first off a kick ahead that he downed. The UBC kicker their number 10, was very effective and converted most of the tries. He also kicked penalty kicks and his second one made it 11-nil for UBC. A converted try made it 18 and the convert missed.
Caps did strike back on well deserved try by Brad Whiteman to make it 5-18 as Caps failed to convert. Caps number 4 took a yellow card and that didn’t help the cause. UBC number 13 cuts through and scores another try. The conversion was good and it was now 25-5 for the students. Early in the second half number 13 made another excellent run and passed off for the score. It was now 35-5. Caps number 22 came off the bench and scored for his side to make it 10-35. UBC scored again as the black and gold forgot to tackle. The referee then saw fit to display a flurry of cards two reds one to each team and a couple of yellow. In his defense the tackling especially by Caps was high. I thought his first red was a penalty but not a card. And the UBC red was similarly harsh.
Nevertheless the man with the whistle is in charge and players have to deal with that. Another UBC try and a penalty rounded out the scoring. The best side won and congratulations to them. I believe Capilano’s can play better than that but the tackling has to improve! Thanks to the referee.
Capilano Premier Women
Caps were coming out after their first loss of the season at CW. They were determined to put that behind them and get back on the winning ledger. They did so in fine style with a 73-29 win.
UBC has some fine women athletes and showed some flashes of brilliance but overall Caps were too strong for them. No program was available and I am using the UBC roster numbers, so they may not be correct. UBC number 7 Emily Baker got away on a long run and finished it off to give her side the early lead. Caps struck back with a try shortly after Cap winger, stole the ball. Lindsay Nicholson missed the conversion. UBC 7 Caps 5. The restart did not go 10 meters so Caps opted for a scrum at center. Caps have a powerful pack and they use it to set up their attack. Macy Munsen broke through and scored under the posts. Lindsay added the extras and it was now 12-7 for Caps. Macy then struck again for another try and it was 17 then another made it 24-7.
UBC mounted a good looking attack and got the ball out to number 7, Baker, who made a good run but Caps managed to steal the ball. Caps swung it around and Lindsay Nicholson took it in for the score. Macy Munson tried the long kick from the corner. She gave it a good ride but it was just short. Caps got another following a long run by Gillian Boag. UBC answered with a good try and it was now 34-10. Ashley Robinson came in the line from her fullback position and sprinted through a hole and went the distance for another Cap score. The convert missed but the score was now 39-10.
Demi came on after the break and she is difficult to stop. She made her impact on the game and set up a try. Caps made it 46-10 then UBC’s winger got one back with a long run to make it 46-15. Macy struck again to make it 51 and UBC got one to make it 51- 22 with the conversion. Caps got two more and it was 63 and UBC reserve number 23 scored to make it 63-27. Ella scored for Caps to make it 68-27. The final score was 73-29 according to BC Rugby. I had that down as the score in my notes but if you add up the tries Nat scored 1 Gillian 1, Lindsay 1, Heather 1, Macy 6, Ella 1, That leaves it one try short so someone either scored 2, Gillian Boag? Or Demi got one? In any event it was a solid win on a beautiful day for rugby.
Congratulations to Caps and thank you to UBC for the game and the hosting. The food provided by a UBC parent that apparently does catering was excellent and a huge improvement! Thanks to the referee Dave Smortchevsky who had a busy game and kept it moving well.
Capilano Premier Reserve Men
A beautiful sunny day on the west coast saw Capilano RFC challenge the rugby program of UBC. It wasn't a pretty sight as both the reserves and the prems had their hands full with the students of UBC being full value for two comprehensive wins. The depth of the UBC program was obvious and kudos to Curry Hitchborn and staff for maintaining the momentum that a strong program needs by getting the players required to do so. Watching the reserve game you could see the UBC succession plan right before your eyes. The Caps have had some success this season and their effort is never in question, but the results in games like this haven't matched their effort in several games this season.
So on to the match reports.
In the reserve match, The UBC Braves recovered their opening kickoff and that pretty well summed up how the day was going to go. A couple of early tries by UBC had the Cap defenders on their heels. But Caps dug in and after a long run by Caps Joe Britt led to a penalty which made the score 14-3 for UBC, the Caps faithful hoped that maybe the tide would turn a little. Not to be, The Braves cashed in a few more fivers and with an amazing display of convert accuracy the score was 28-3 UBC at the half.
The second half was a little better for the Caps as they did threaten to score on some promising runs but ill timed turnovers stopped any balls from crossing the UBC goal line. The Braves had a couple more tries, and the game ended with the final 40-3 for UBC.
Capilano Premier Men
As for the Premier game, when the score is 39-0 at the half for the Birds, there are a lot of tries to describe. UBC scored with chip and chases, up and unders, steals from the ruck, overlaps, and pushing Caps off their scrum. The students seemed to be on the ball with numbers which caused several turnovers. The Birds seemed unstoppable in the first half and were full value for the score.
The second half saw some push back from the Caps and with some concerted effort they started ??to have some success of their own. The Cap forwards started to get some forward momentum and after several pick and goes, # 13 Johnny Franklin dotted down to put a fiver in the Cap account. Shortly after Caps the forwards again set the table for a nice dot down in the corner to make it 39-12 for the Birds. Unfortunately that would be the end of Caps scoring and UBC popped four more tries to make the final 367-12 for UBC.
A difficult day for the Caps but it is heartening to see them give their all until the final whistle and not throw in the towel. There will be better days in the future.
Thanks to the game officials and to UBC for hosting