Capilano - February 2020

March 03 2020

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Capilano Match Reports: Caps Split with UVic in Men's Premier and Reserve; Defeat Richmond in Women's Div 2; Lose to Richmond in Men's 3rds

by John Langley

Capilano 2nd Division Women vs Richmond. Capilano won 39-29

From what I saw of this game it was a spirited wide open affair with both teams showing their scoring ability. The game was close when I arrived it was 27-24 in favour of the home Capilano team. Caps then scored two to stretch the lead. Richmond answered with a try by their number 8 to make the final score 39-29. Capilano scorers were Mia with two, Chae, Maia, Lisa, and Dallas with singles. Thanks to Richmond for the game and thanks to the referee.

Capilano 3rd Division Men vs Richmond. Richmond won 17-0

The game started on the Bob Spray field but had to be moved up top due to an unfortunate serious leg/ankle injury to a Richmond player. He was down and had to wait 1 hour and 20 minutes for an ambulance. He was well attended by trainers from both teams who made him as comfortable as possible. Thanks to Kia Ryan for assisting and Ashley Robinson who is a RN for helping also. We hope that the player has a speedy recovery. Richmond was the dominant team in this one and the score could have been much higher but for the vigorous tackling of the Capilano side. Caps have not had a very successful season and have notched only one win. They have shown signs of improvement lately and continue to try hard. Richmond had some big backs and ran the ball well, they scored 3 unanswered tries and converted one from the sidelines. Congratulations to Richmond on the win and thanks to the referee.

Capilano Men Premier & Reserve vs UVic by Steve Feenstra

Capilano RFC won one and lost one on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Klahanie Park. The University of Victoria Premier and Reserve squads took the scenic trip over Georgia Straight looking for a pair of wins over the Caps but had to settle for a win in the Premier game and a loss for the Reserves. The games started a bit behind schedule as a badly injured player from the 3rd div. game couldn't be moved from the main field until an ambulance arrived about an hour after being called. 

On to the Prem Reserve game. Both teams are in the middle of the pack in the standings with UVic a little ahead of the Caps. 

The Caps kicked off and UVic promptly kicked it back and gave the Caps possession which they took advantage of to get near the UVic try line only to cough it up. That scenario played out on several occasions. Caps did score first with # 5 Buckler pounding one over at the 4 min mark. No convert 5-0 Caps. After some back and forth, UVic stole a pass at the Caps 22 and # 14 Liam Clarke sped over the line to open the students account. With convert 7-5 U Vic. At 28 minutes Caps # 5 Buckler scored again shortly after he excited the fans with a few powerful blasts that had everyone on their feet. Convert good 12-7 Caps. 

The Caps extended their lead early in the second half with # 2 Ruffalls punching it over after a line out and maul. No convert 17-7 Caps. Soon after the try both teams started subbing, which changed the game dynamics as Caps seemed to get stronger. A yellow to the Caps at 63 min didn't result in any UVic points. UVic did get a try late, sandwiched between two Cap penalty kicks to make the final tally 23-12 for the Caps. 

This game could have gone either way as UVIc looked strong in the first half and the Caps took over in the second half. 

Notable players - for UVIc # 10 Nicky Maurrett was a buzz saw all game  - for Caps # 5 Buckler had several strong runs to break the gain line

In the Premier game, it was a close first half, but the students slowly took charge. A couple of late Caps tries made the score respectable.  

UVic cracked the egg with a penalty kick at 5 minutes to take a 3-0 lead. Caps come back strong with a series of pick and goes that drives the students back until Caps # 8 McKinnon carries over. No convert 5-3 Caps. UVIc pops another penalty kick to make it 6-5 UVIc. At 28 minutes # 13 or #14 flies down the wing for an impressive 40 meter scamper. Convert good 13-5 students. After another penalty kick for UVic the Caps get the scoreboard ticking with a try deep in the corner at the half time whistle bu Jordan Henderson. Half time score 16-10 UVIc. 

The second half saw the Caps in card trouble as they had someone in the bin for over 20 minutes. During this time the students popped in two tries (one a penalty try ) and a penalty kick to have a 31-10 lead before the Caps could right the ship. After the Caps stopped the bleeding, they put on an impressive charge that saw the Caps get three of the next four tries scored. Caps # 13 Johnny Franklin crossed the whitewash to get the Caps started and after a UVic try, Caps pounded in two more tries to make it 38-29 at the hooter. 

Caps did leave a few points on the board but it was UVIc seeming to be the sharper squad that won the day for them. 

Before the Premier game there was a nice ceremony to commemorate the years of dedication from UVic coaches Doug Tate and Rick Farrally. Both are retiring after this season. Several former players they coached were on hand to help with the presentation. 

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