Ravens too much for Rowers: Ravens 75 - Rowers 0
by Peter MacDonald
There’s not much of a story with a one sided 11 try shutout that is blown up early but there are a couple of observations that can be made. One that the World Cup reminds us of regularly is that rugby is a game where a superior team will not just win but will win big on the score line almost every time. The other is that a teammates’ wedding on a Saturday in season will likely create a problem for those not on the guest list.
The Ravens ran in four tries in the first half as the less than full strength Rowers gave it their best shot spending most of their time defending. The scoring pace picked up early in the second half as the Ravens had the luxury of fielding quality subs and the VRC defense began to tire.
Of note for the Ravens were Pat and Tim Richardson at flank and No.8 who were all over the field, Jeff Vreys on right wing running hard at every chance, Matty Suez at hook being hard and fundamentally sound and Jordan Sandover Best at scrum half making everything go. Kol Henrikson at inside centre got his first start as did Cam McWilliam at lock. Sean Duke, on a quest to return to the Canada 7s team, came in on left wing at the half and scored once and made 80 metres on a blind side wing in. The Rowers no 12 stood out as he laid out Vreys on a clean hard tackle and managed to corner flag and make a saving tackle near the line on Duke. The Rowers soldiered on without complaint and were good sports throughout.
The Rippers picked up their first win so both teams now go into a three week break feeling good. Play resumes for the Prems on October 26 at Jericho against the Pride with the Rips hosting Bayside also at home. It is great to see the Pride program resurrected and the Ravens will surely be ready to go again by then.