BC Rugby Weekend of January 18th 2020

January 18 2020


UBC Defeat Lomas 34-10 to Claim Top Spot in BC Premier Table: MATCH VIDEO

In chilly weather the UBC forwards got the job done with a dominant scrum and a smothering defence. UBC scored first from a maul, then traded penalties for a 8-3 scoreline. UBC had more opportunities to score but their handling let them down on more than one occasion. They eventually crossed the line again when the winger came inside to run off the shoulder of the flyhalf and it was 15-3. The half ended with that scoreline.

Nick Allen came in at #19 to play 8th man while #8 Mike Smith went to blindside flanker. Those two teamed up for the next score off a quick tap penalty, 22-3. Nick Allen did it solo for the next try picking it up at the back of a 5 metre scrum, 29-3.

Lomas got a try from a maul, 29-10. UBC finished it off with a chip to the corner which was pounced upon by winger Evan Norris, for his second and a 34-10 final.

For UBC Nick Allen, Michael Smith, the front row were key components to the win. The defensive line speed was excellent and gave the Lomas few attacking opportunities, the tackling was solid. The ball handling in the backline was pretty poor and the back three looked tentative when handling clearance kicks. For the Lomas their #8 and #10 stood out, #8 having some strong runs and #10 showing some strong tactical kicking skills.

The win puts UBC at the top of the table with Burnaby 3 points behind. The Lomas remain tied with Westshore for 10th place with 12 points.

[UPDATE - Confirmed the match is on at 1:15pm and the live stream will be here.]

The BC Premier league is getting off to an early and perhaps tentative start as, at the time of writing, there still hasn't been 100% confirmation the match is going ahead. The decision rests with Thunderbird Stadium facilities management apparently. If the match goes ahead there might even be a live stream, stay tuned for details.

Next weekend sees the full return of the BC Premier schedule.

UBC are currently in second place with a 7-1 record, if they win this weekend they'll jump ahead of Burnaby to claim top spot. The Lomas are in 10th place with a 2-6 record and look a long shot to make the playoffs which include the top 6 teams.

UBC Roster

1. Sam Turner
2. Connor Sampson
3. Conor O'Flaherty
4. Donald Carson
5. Liam Doll
6. Callum Botchar
7. Owain Ruttan
8. Michael Smith
9. Sam Hughes
10. Adam McQueen
11. Evan Norris
12. John Jubenvill
13. Connor Byron
14. John Lan
15. Daniel Archer
16. David Carson
17. Bryce Worden
18. Nicholas Frost
19. Joe Sourisseau
20. Frank Carson
21. Harrison Smith
22. Flynn Heyes
23. Fraser Hurst

Meraloma Roster

1 Nathan Amey
2 Scotty McGinley
3 Angelo Pepe
4 Matt Kerr
5 Dan Wigley (C)
6 Billy Noonan
7 Mike Robinson
8 James Ryan
9 Isaac Winter
10 James Morgan
11 Dom Boyd
12 Hayes Bishop
13 Jalan Farris
14 Antun Peko
15 Dewi Williams
16 Dan Fumano
17 Jackson Bushell
18 Darren Du
19 Tom McDonald
20 Olly Owen
21 Steff Evans
22 Cody Schaeffer
23 Ash Karlen

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