BC Rugby Weekend of September 28th 2019

September 28 2019

BCRN 2019

BC Premier Results: Pride Down CW; Seattle Surprise James Bay; UVic Double Westshore; Meraloma Upset Rowers; Burnaby Defeat Nanaimo; UBC Edge Ravens

[ed. Premier games start at 2:30pm]


Pride led 21-12 at the half, CW stormed back in the second half to grab the lead 29-21. Pride answered back with two tries to go ahead 31-29, they added one more for a 36-29 final. A bonus point win for the Pride and 2 bonus points for CW in the loss. Next week CW head to Burnaby while the Pride visit UVic.

Mark: We don't know much about the playing form of the Pride yet, they looked good for periods in their warmup match against Nanaimo. Nanaimo were near the bottom of the standings last year and were well beaten by Westshore last week. It may take them a while to hit their top form. CW have one match in the books but it was an under strength team that was pummelled by UVic. CW have their top front row back with Braddock, Thornber and Woolridge. Their captain Nathan Stewart is back at his openside position. They've had some flux at #10 with Cam Hall leaving, James Pitblado is giving it a shot this match. Usually a top level scrum half he has all the qualities to shine at flyhalf as well. Luke Bradley returns to his centre position and former Canada U20 player Jack McCarthy, via Newfoundland and UVic takes the outside centre position. It's a much improved roster compared to the UVic match. The Pacific Pride boast a young team with many names from the recent U20 team like Quinn Ngawati, Tyler Rowland, Siaki Vikilani, Reid Davis, David Richard, Thomas Isherwood, Mike McCarthy. They have a few veteran players like Guiseppe du Toit and Crosby Stewart in the backline but do they have the experience in the forwards to compete against the top teams in the league? Liam Murray at loosehead knows his was around playing for Vikes, JBAA and the provincial Bears. Dewald Kotze was the Canada U20 class of 2017 and has played for the Ravens in the BC Premier. It's a tough one to call. We feel the Pride have to earn their first win before they get listed as favourites. Prediction: CW by 3.

Aaron: There are no stats yet this season on the Pacific Pride, with this weekend being their first competitive game. Castaway Wanderers have only played one game so it is difficult to draw any conclusions from the stats. CW, although they lost their first game to UVic performed well in regards to their stats. Their tackle completion percentage was reasonable at 84%, the set piece functioned reasonably well, although they could have been a bit more accurate at the lineout (70%). They only conceded 6 penalties, kicked all their shots at goal and played an expansive game with 19 continuity attempts in one game. They should look to be a bit more efficient in their attacking gainline efficiency and improve on their 57% from week 1. Perhaps experience and cohesion may come into play for CW against a young Pride squad playing in their first competitive game together. Castaway Wanderers to win by 9.

Brett: It will be interesting to see the Pride in full action, and also to see CW in full form. If the tricolors can keep it tight, it should be an entertaining match. I see pride getting stronger over time, but for now, CW +8

Robin: Pride 25-23 (Pride by 2)

Brian: Pride to beat Castaway Wanderers by 7

CW (from BCRU)
1. John Braddock
2. Clay Thornber
3. Doug Woolridge
4. Mike Finnemore
5. Liam Chisholm
6. Sawyer Herron
7. Nathan Stewart
8. John Humphries
9. Brandon Schellenberger
10. James Pitblado
11. David Keta
12. Lucas Bradley
13. Jack MCarthy
14. Balucci Kegode
15. Fergus Hall
16. Cameron Smith
17. Filip Pasagic
18. Quinn Horton
19. sutherland matt
20. Siôn Griffiths
21. Riley Ilnicki
22. Oliver Winser
23. David Devillers

CW (from CW)

Pacific Pride (from BCRU)
[note: Guiseppe du Toit has been called up to RWC squad in Japan]
1. Liam Murray
2. Dewald Kotze
3. Tyler Rowland
4. Nolan Howell
5. Marc-Antoine Ouellet
6. Reid Davis
7. Flesch Mason
8. Siaki Vikilani
9. Brock Gallagher
10. William Kelly
11. D'Shawn Bowen
12. Sean Duke
13. Quinn Ngawati
14. Alexander Russell
15. Brennig Prevost
16. Morgan MacIntyre
17. Michael McCarthy
18. Nik Hildebrand
19. Edward Ilnicki
20. David Richard
21. Crosby Stewart
22. Thomas Isherwood


The Bays started well but the Seattle bench was the difference in the second half. Seattle's #23 named in the roster as Jack Cannon was indeed a cannon and gave the Bays' tacklers a lot of problems. Dion Crowder also stepped up his game in the second half and powered over a few tacklers. The Bays were comfortably ahead 20-10 at the half before they were shutdown in the second half. The Bays had Canada winger Kainoa Lloyd on the outside but didn't utilize him enough in their game plan and their support play at the breakdown was a problem throughout the match. The Bays visit Capilano next week while Seattle host Meraloma.

Mark: The prediction crew received some grief from the Bays' fans after solidly predicting a UVic win last week. Don't think many will make that mistake this week with the winless Seattle team visiting the undefeated Bays. Seattle have lost 3 in a row now and visit a confident Bays team at MacDonald Park. The Bays have added to their roster, Cooper Coats slots in at #10 and Kainoa Lloyd comes in at wing. The forward pack remains the same as the one that dominated the students last weekend. Seattle are missing Aladdin Schirmer one of their best loose forwards. Prediction: Bays by 12.

Aaron: The advantage should be with James Bay this weekend, with a 95% success rate in the scrum on their own ball and 75% win rate at the lineout. Defensively both clubs have a similar tackle completion percentage (James Bay 81% and Seattle 80%). The difference may be James Bay’s ability to get over the gainline in attack with their physical style of play, they currently have a 6% advantage over Seattle in this area. If Seattle continue to give penalties away at the scrum they might put themselves under more pressure with a 80% goal kicking success from James Bay. James Bay to win by 12

Brett: Seattle travelling, always an Achilles heel. They've put up, and let in, many points this season so far. Jbaa twice has been rated to lose and twice proved us wrong. Hard to go against the Blue now. Jbaa by +7

Robin: JBAA 19-17 (Bays by 2)

Brian: James Bay to beat Seattle by 12


1. Nico Krawczyk
2. JC Fidinde
3. Blake van Heyningen
4. Peter Masimo
5. Jimmy de Goede
6. Cole Braid
7. Jake Slobodian
8. Carson O'Sullivan
9. Rhys Gregory
10. Cooper Coats
11. Nathan Tough
12. Mike Nieuwenhuysen
13. Thomas Burton
14. Kainoa Lloyd
15. Aaron Evison
16. Andrew McPherson
17. Fischer Kooman
18. Sean Stewart
19. Dakota Lachance
20. Mitch Sora
21. Kieran McAuley
22. Evan Boothroyd
23. Jordan Austin

Seattle (from BCRU)

1. Matthew Duncan
2. Giuseppe Semeraro
3. Alfred Taufuna
4. Ben Keith
5. Andrew Kiernan
6. Jonathan Valz
7. Matt Potter
8. Eric Soto
9. Isaiah Chinen
10. Jonny Reid
11. Dion Crowder
12. Tristan Ingold
13. Levi Penter
14. Caleb Nonoa
15. Hirai Tsugunosuke
16. E Tiauli Halleluiah
17. Pete Falanai
18. Joe Evans
19. Ben Gustafson
21. Jenkins Jordan
22. Pierre Wood
23. Jack Cannon


A +12 win by Burnaby gives them another bonus point win but Nanaimo kept it closer than many predicted and it was only 4 tries to 3 for the visitors. The teams were tied at the half 14-14 and it was always a one score game until Burnaby pulled away at the end. Next week Burnaby host CW while Nanaimo host UBC.

Mark: This is probably the mismatch of the weekend, the undefeated Burnaby team, likely destined for a top 4 finish against a Nanaimo team that was in the bottom two last year. Burnaby have been putting up over 30 points a match on average while only giving up about 7. Nanaimo missing a few first string names like Stephen Gillies, Brad Marshall, Jared Stephens and Cathal Long, it may be a long day for the men from the North Island. Prediction: Burnaby by 23.

Aaron: Burnaby have had a good start to the season and the stats suggest that this will continue this week. The set piece should have the edge at the scrum and might want to look at putting some pressure on Nanaimo at the restart. Defensively Burnaby have a better tackle completion, tracking at 11% more effective than Nanaimo. Although Nanaimo have a lower error rate in attack and the slight edge in gainline efficiency, this only takes into account their one game of the season. Nanaimo gave a lot of breakdown penalties away so far this season and with an 88% goal kicking accuracy this could play into Burnaby’s hands if they are in the wrong area of the field for Nanaimo. Burnaby to win by 22.

Brett: Should be one way traffic, a powerhouse vs a developing side. Burnaby by +36.

Robin: Burnaby 41 - 12 (Burnaby by 29)

Brian: Burnaby to beat Nanaimo by 8.

Burnaby (from BCRU)
1. Adrian Longbone
2. James Kelly
3. Chris Atkinson
4. Lucas Albornoz
5. Michael O'Toole
6. Jeke Gotegote
7. Joey Tomlinson
8. Domenic Baptista
9. Geoffrey Ryan
10. Neil Maclaine
11. Gino Paolella
12. Andrew Porter
13. Ben McDougall
14. Dan Josok
15. Cian Keegan
16. Dylan Vermette
17. Cameron Young
18. Callum Toi
19. Thomas Dear
20. Kishan Karunathasan
21. Paul Murphy
22. Nick Vandergoes
23. Darren McCrory

Burnaby (from Burnaby)


1 Patrick Milford
2 Tom Larder
3 Sawyer Barth
4 Alex O'Dell
5 Max Brook
6 Matt Weir
7 Alex Brown
8 Zephyr Melnyk
9 Sam Fowler (c)
10 Jordan Hooke
11 Tye Woodruff
12 Taniela Tulia
13 Mua Tiumafifi
14 Taylor de Souza
15 Sam Reimer
16 Antonio Corbin
17 Rick Keen
18 Makz Foot
19 D'Artagnan Mallet
20 Andrew Davidson
21 Ryan Bradley
22 Gareth Pritchard
23 Brennan Bourchier


The Ravens scored 3 tries to 2 for UBC but points from the boot was the difference on the day. It's the first loss for the Ravens and now only Burnaby and Capilano remain undefeated. Ravens host Rowers next week while UBC travel to Nanaimo.

Mark: Ravens coming off a bye weekend while UBC are coming off a strenous week in Japan where they came 6th out of 8 universities in a World Universities competition. The travel back from Japan early in the week won't help their preparations. Ravens two time defending champions have been putting up over 50 points per match while only allowing 7 points on average. This will be a stiffer test for them but they have a strong roster even though they lost Theo Sauder who has been called up to the RWC team in Japan. Congrats, Theo, as many have already said he belonged there in the first selection. Taking his place at flyhalf is Robert Jones. Prediction: Ravens by 8.

Aaron: UBC have only played one league game this season, but coming off the back of a trip to Japan with physical high level games, the bodies might be sore and tired. We are missing stats on the Ravens v Lomas game but from what we know so far is that the Ravens have been accurate with their set piece winning 100% of their scrums and 89% of their lineouts. In contrast, UBC struggled in their game against Burnaby with 33% win at the scrum, but their lineout functioned well with a 92% success rate over 12 lineouts. Defensively, both teams are around 90% in tackle completion, but in attack Ravens have the edge. UBC struggled against Burnaby to get over the gainline and move their attack forward with a 43% success rate, but the Ravens are at 59%. If this continues, expect to see Ravens continue to score points, especially if UBC continue to give a large number of penalties away (13 in their first game, 5 for foul play) Ravens to win by 19

Brett: This should be the game of the weekend. Tons, and I mean tons of talent between both sides. UBC may take more time to get the wheels fully rolling, the Ravens just seem to keep adding talent. It should be a fantastic game. Ravens by +12.

Robin: Ravens 29 - 17 (Ravens by 12)

Brian: Ravens to beat UBC by 8.

UBC (from BCRU)

1. Nicholas Frost
2. Connor Sampson
3. Bryce Worden
4. Frank Carson
5. Liam Doll
6. Owain Ruttan
7. Harrison Smith
8. Michael Smith
9. Matthew Ye
10. Adam McQueen
11. Elias Ergas
12. Flynn Heyes
13. John Jubenvill
14. John Lan
15. Sam Hughes
16. David Carson
17. Sam Turner
18. Nicholas Allen
19. Donald Carson
20. Callum Botchar
21. Evan Norris
22. Connor Byron
23. Maxwell Radcliffe

UBCOB Ravens
[note: Theo Sauder has been called up to RWC squad in Japan]

1. Jake Mclachlan
2. Matias Suez
3. Chris Taylor
4. James Carson
5. Connor Hitlman
6. Patrick Richardson
7. David ODonoghue (c) (i)
8. Tim Richardson
9. Jorden Sandover-Best (RC)
10. Robert Jones
11. Sohaib Chaudhry
12. Brian Moylett (i)
13. Colby Mitch Mason (i)
14. Jef Vreys
15. Aaron Mclelland
16. Neil Murphy (i)
17. Jono Wong
18. Mathew Chan
19. Cam Eric
20. Kol Henrikson
21. TBC
22. Sohaib Chaudhry


A 7 try to 4 result which gives UVic a BP win and Westshore a BP in the loss. The Vikes led 34-12 at the half. Next week the Vikes host the Pride while Westshore have a bye.

Mark: UVic look unpredictable early in the season, defeated CW, then were beaten by JBAA, so where is their baseline level of play? Westshore defeated Nanaimo but haven't faced one of the top teams yet. They've lost a couple of players, Jason Gagne the second row has gone back to Alberta and flanker Cole Moyschuk has gone to Hong Kong to play a season. They do have some talent with Toronto Arrows Spencer Jones in the centres and a capable backrow of Eagar, Brill and Billington. The regular #10 Aaron Hersant is injured so Malcolm Klaver, a former Capilano player who moved to the Island, gets the start. A big test for this young player who featured on the BC NextGen 7s team as well. The Vikes bench is deeper which may be a factor later in the match. The key may be how the new Westshore #10 handles the game. Prediction: Westshore by 2.

Aaron: UVic got outmuscled against James Bay last week but still showed glimpses of their talent. Both teams have won all of their scrums on their own ball, but UVic might want to take advantage of a Westshore lineout was under pressure in their first game (56% accuracy). UVic have the advantage in defence with a better tackle completion stat of 84% in comparison to 79% for Westshore. Both teams are showing a similar trend in their ability to go forward in attack, with UVic at 63% and Westshore at 62%. Westshore are more likely to turn the ball over due to handling errors with the stats showing an error every 7 passes. UVic to win by 17.

Brett: A bit of a mystery here with Uvic having a good side, but playing up and down over the past weeks. Westshore adding in some new backs to stiffen themselves out wide. This could be very close, or a blowout if one team doesn't show up. Uvic +10.

Robin: Vikes 33 - 25 (Vikes by 8)

Brian: UVic to beat Westshore by 2.

UVic (from BCRU)

1. Gavin Kratz
2. Carter White
3. Thomas Di Fiore
4. Nick Pearce
5. Benjamin Newhook
6. Thomas Heuser
7. James O'Neill
8. Nicholas Carson
9. Jenner Teufel
10. Logan Martin-Feek
12. Lachlan Kratz
13. Jonas Robinson
14. Noah Bain
15. Gabriel Casey
16. Spencer Cooper
17. Teo DeGianni
18. Nathan Yue
19. Liam Morrison
20. Jarvis Dashkewytch
21. Denver Fatt
22. Callum Masterton
23. Mostyn Findlay


1 Tobias Berg
2 Casey Reed
3 Bryce McKinnon
4 Foster Dewitt - c
5 Tyler Symon-Burke
6 Peyton Eagar
7 Jade Billington
8 Ben Brill
9 Matt Jones
10 Malcolm Klaver
11 Shane Dagg
12 Taylor McGuire
13 Spencer Jones
14 Cody Gervais
15 Mitch Drew
16 Matt Evans
17 James Jimmo
18 Aidan McCleary
19 Cory Walker
20 Adam Roer
21 Isaac Gonevou
22 Paul-henri Van Thiel


Each team scored 5 tries but the Lomas added the extras with the boot. It's the first win for the Lomas while the Rowers still search for their first win along with CW and Nanaimo at the bottom of the standings. The Rowers vist the Ravens in Week 5 while Meraloma travel to Seattle.

Mark: Rowers with 3 losses hosting Lomas with 2 losses. Both teams picking up bonus points in the losses. If you look at a common opponent, Capilano, Rowers lost by 2 and Lomas lost by 6 so much between them. Doug Fraser in the roster makes a big difference in the Rowers attack. Prediction: Rowers by 4.

Aaron: Loma’s will have to be far more accurate at the lineout if they are going to be successful this weekend. The stats show there should be relative parity at the scrum. Although we are missing a round of stats for Loma’s what we can see from their first game of the year was their inability to get over the gainline in attack with less than 50% of attacking ball carries going forward. The Rowers have been expansive with their style of play with lots of attempts at continuity and ball movement. This comes with the risk of handling errors but if they can get it right they will cause the Loma’s some problems in defence. Rowers to win by 23

Brett: Rowers playing some good rugby thus far, and with more games under their belt. Finally got some substantial points on the board. Haven't seen too much of Lomas yet. Expect a competitive game. Rowers +8

Robin: Lomas 25 - 21 (Lomas by 4)

Brian: Rowers to beat Lomas by 6.


1. Nathan Amey
2. Scott McGinley
3. Angelo Pepe
4. Tom Barlow
5. Pat Zuk
6. Dan Wigley
7. Connor McCann
8. James O’Riain
9. Rob Fallon
10. James Morgan
11. Tom Sandford
12. Isaac Winter
13. Jalan Farris
14. Hayes Bishop
15. Tom Vilojen
16. Ty Tuckett
17. Darren Du
18. Dan Fumano
19. Justin Fanselow
20. Billy Noonan
21. Caylem Anderson
22. Evan Lloyd
23. Cody Schaeffer


1. Josh Waller
2. Ian Prendiville
3. Robert Spearing
4. Charlie Suyker
5. Colin Cooper
6. Michael Cooke
7. Ray Bissonette
8. Jason Carton (C)
9. Chris Nolan
10. Nick Wackwitz (VC)
11. Mighty Okafor
12. Doug Fraser
13. Joe Holland
14. Ryan Williams
15. Oisin Daly
16. Gregory Crowe
17. Niall McDonough
18. Tom Windows
19. Kevin Nanne
20. Morgan Brinson
21. Jordon Wilson-Ross
22. Jack O'Sullivan
23. Eddy Quinn


Coach Robin MacDowell has taken the lead with the insight to choose Lomas and Pacific Pride for the wins. Nobody predicted the Seattle upset of the Bays at the house of Bays, also someone should have picked UBC for the upset but everyone went with the on form Ravens. Brian Moylett picked up a bonus point for getting the +7 differential spot on in the Pride v CW match. Mark, the Editor at BCRN, lost points by going with Westshore on a hunch. Aaron, the BCRU men's development manager, got a little grief from the UBC crew after their upset win over Ravens and Brett, still remaining anonymous, had a mediocre week going 2 for 6.

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