Capilano - April 2019

April 09 2019

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Capilano RFC Match Reports – Loss to CW in Premier Women and Ravens in Premier Men

by John Langley

Premier Women
Castaways 39 – 19 Capilano

3rd Division Men
Capilano 10 – 10 Meralomas

Premier Reserve Men
Capilano 12 – 32 UBCOB Ravens

Premier Men
Capilano 14 - 62 UBCOB Ravens

CW visit Klahanie: CW thumps Capilano Premier Women 39-19

This game was a surprise result but was a well deserved win, by the visiting Cataway Wanderers. They took control early and despite a bit of push back in the second half were deserving winners. Caps did not perform well and were nowhere near playing up to their potential. The biggest difference in my opinion was that CW tackled well while Capilano did not. In addition CW was superior in the set scrums, line outs and ball distribution. They had more speed outside and simply outran the Cap defenders.

Caps seemed to be missing several people and did not resemble the side that played well in wins against Seattle, UBC and a hard fought loss to Westshore. Teams sometimes have off days and this was really an off day. I didn’t see the game against CW in Victoria but I heard Caps did not start well but rebounded in the second half to make it close. Today that didn’t happen as the Castaway Wanderers dominated. Caps have work to do if they are to be competitive in the playoffs. The best players need to be selected and a strong bench is necessary in modern rugby.

CW scored their first try on a long run by number 14, I did not have the CW lineup so I only have their numbers. Caps took several early penalties and CW hit the line to secure a lineout throw. Caps were pushed off their own scrum and CW nearly scored but a bad pass stopped them. Caps executed a poor offload and CW grabbed the ball and took it in for their second try. The try was by their fullback number 15. The next CW score came as a result of poor Capilano tackling.

Caps finally got on the board as Mikiela Nelson finished off a Cap attack. Lindsay Nicholson converted and it was 7-15 and that was as close as the game got. CW stole a Cap lineout and finished it off with a converted try. Number 14 struck again for the Victoria side. The conversion was made and it was now 29 and then they struck again and it was 34 and again made it 39.

Caps pulled one back and converted it to make it 14 and they scored the final try of the game to make the final score 39-19. It was not a game to remember by the Black and Gold who have seen far better days and hopefully will come back from this stumble!

Both teams went to the Capilano Clubhouse for the after game festivities. Thanks to the referee for his assistance.

Caps draw with Meralomas 10-10.

The Capilano 3rd Division team tied at Connaught Park. I did not see the game but this was the best Capilano result of this day.

Ravens Premier Reserves defeat the Caps 32-12

Capilano men’s scribe Steve Feenstra was under the weather and unable to attend. I am sure Peter MacDonald will fill us in with his well written game reports.

The Premier Men’s game: Ravens 62 Capilano 14.

I did not get to this game until shortly before half time and the rain was teeming down. Holding an umbrella and a note pad was more than I could handle. From what I saw the Ravens had too much pace for Caps who tried hard to respond and did manage a couple of tries. I didn’t see the first which apparently was a pushover. The second Cap score was by Jeremy Simon who made a nifty little run to score under the posts. Caps lost talented center Johnny Franklin with a head knock. Ravens are deep in talent this season and Caps do not have the bench strength they have had in previous seasons. The club has been hit with the loss of key forwards Glen Mckinnon, Reid Tucker and Alex Boyd. And it has been hard to replace these players. The young Caps will improve but are struggling lately. I am sure Mr. MacDonald will give us his usual, balanced Raven report.

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