Ravens Depth Showing: Defeat Caps 62 - 14 After Seven First Team Changes
by Peter MacDonald
Down at Jericho Park on Saturday there were signs of spring: a group of sabots on the water, blackberry canes and wild roses showing some leaves and April showers. And sometimes when it rains it pours. The Ravens punched in 10 tries to 2 against the Caps in steady intervals and were leading 31-7 at the half and doubled that exactly by the end. At this stage of the season the Ravens had too much and, as we know in rugby and are seeing elsewhere in the league as the last few weeks play out, when one team is stronger big scores can happen. Check out UVic’s recent scores. Are they playing basketball?
Grant Crowell at number 8 scored three tries, bulling in for two and touching down with ease for one after the Raven pack forced the Caps back over their line in a set scrum in the first half. Aaron McLelland notched two tries, one a 60 metre swerving blur that is always a possibility when he has the ball. Jorden Sandover Best picked up two as well as he is always Johnny on the spot. A single tally went to flanker Pat Richardson who stepped his way through defenders to open a 12-7 game up at 20 minutes. Graham Turner scored a late try and fullback Sean Hase ran the last one in from 80 metres out after Jeff Vreys fielded a high kick and the ball moved across the pitch twice before Hase was offered a hole and then freed up more space with a quick dummy and a burst.
The Caps had their moments as well as they answered the Ravens’ first try with one of their own from a lineout/maul sequence and scored their second after fly half Jeremy Simon had jinked his way through the Raven defence before sending a teammate in easily. Centre Ryan Agyagos had some good runs and the Franklin brothers were stuck in until Johnny went off with a head knock near the end. Neil Courtney carried the ball well in the forwards but the Ravens had too much ball and generally had the upper hand in contact.
Lock Jon Phelan was back and had a good game laying out a big hit in the early going. Curtis Delmonico carried the ball well off of some of the early rucks and captain David O’Donoghue had lots of energy, clearing out at rucks, tackling and carrying the ball. Dan Cervino slotted in at hooker and didn’t miss a beat.
The Ravens’ depth is showing as seven first team changes were made from the previous week and the Rippers continue to perform well winning 32-12 over the Caps reserves. Looking forward to the last regular season game against Nanaimo this week at Jericho and a playoff date with Seattle at home the next week we hope.