BC Rugby Weekend of April 6th 2024

BC Premier Week 13 Rosters & Results: CW Edge Burnaby, Caps Top Bays, Lomas Defeat Pride, Ravens Soar Past UBC, Westshore @ UVic Abandoned

This is the 2nd last weekend of the regular season before the playoffs start on April 20th. The top 6 make the playoffs, the Pride aren’t eligible so #7 in the standings is the last playoff spot.

Castaway Wanderers 24 v Burnaby Lake 14
Referee: David Smortchevsky AR1: Roberto Santiago AR2: Bruce Kuklinski
Venue: Windsor Park

A +10 win for the home side, it doesn’t change the standings, Burnaby have locked in 3rd place for the playoffs and will host the 6th place side in the quarter-finals, currently UBC. CW remain in 5th place (4th for the playoffs) and look poised to host a quarter-final against the 6th place team (5th for the playoffs), currently Westshore. Next week CW travel to UBC and Burnaby host the Ravens.


#5 hosting #4. Both teams coming off narrow losses last week, CW to UVic and Burnaby to the Lomas. Burnaby have a home field quarter-final locked up regardless of the result. CW need the points to stay ahead of the chasing pack for the other home field quarter-final.

Burnaby missing their halfback pair from last week, Ethan Turner and Reid Watkins. Ezequiel Rossetti comes off the bench at #9 and Neil MacLaine moves from inside centre to #10. Lucas Albornoz moves from #8 to lock and Taitusi Vikilani starts at #8. Sam Tsoi comes into the roster at blindside flanker.

CW sees the return of Ollie Nott and he gets the start at #8 moving Mike Finnemore to a reserve prop position, that might be a first for the big second row/loose forward. Andrew Easson returns to the #10 position.

CW need the win more, they’re at home, Burnaby missing a key player in Reid Watkins, and CW have two key players returning. We’ll give them a slight edge.

Prediction: CW by 1.


1 Luka Bradley / Lalit Bharadwaj
2 Chase McCrum
3 Bryce Worden (c)
4 Cooper Johnston / Lucas Albornoz
5 Leo Chen
6 James Catterson / Sam Tsoi
7 Jack Bolton
8 Lucas Albornoz / Taitusi Vikilani
9 Reid Watkins / Ezequiel Rossetti
10 Ethan Turner / Neil MacLaine
11 Hayden Mulgrew
12 Neil MacLaine / Sam Williams
13 Scott Barr
14 Brian Murphy
15 Ethan Dromgool
16 Evan Mackey
17 Lalit Bharadwaj / Luka Bradley
18 Cass Kocevar
19 Dom Baptista
20 Taitusi Vikilani / Cooper Johnston
21 Ezequiel Rossetti / Mohi Parata
22 Sam Williams / Nolan Shelley
23 Jack Brady / Colton Lee


1 Jace Peters
2 Jacob Bossi
3 Denver Fatt
4 Nick Carson
5 Tom Davidson
6 Steve Pyke
7 Jack Wallace
8 Mike Finnemore / Ollie Nott
9 Zech Pilgrim
10 Mike Fuailefau / Andrew Easson
11 James Mitchell
12 Sion Griffiths
13 Shane Rikley-Krindle
14 Jordan Ng
15 Gareth Sandner
16 Antonio Corbin / Chris Carson
17 Chris Carson / Scott McCann
18 Matt Sutherland /  Mike Finnemore
19 Ayo Ogunlabe
20 John Humphries / Gord Kehoe
21 Brandon Schellenberger / Matt Sutherland
22 Gabriel Smith
23 Keegan Hall / Brandon Schellenberger

James Bay AA 39  v Capilano 49
Referee: Benjamin Lambrick AR1: Dan Cvitanovich AR2: Julianne Zussman
Venue: MacDonald Park

The Caps with a +10 win, they’ve locked in 9th place for this season, and the Bays will get the wooden spoon this season. Both teams have one game left, the Bays host UVic and the Caps host Meraloma.


#10 hosting #9. Two teams  missing the playoffs and looking for their first win of the season.

The Bays move Dave O’Connor from blindside flanker to hooker, and Toby Ng comes off the bench to start at loosehead prop. Andrew Montgrand returns to the second row.

The Caps bring their veterans Chris Robinson at #9 and Glenn McKinnon at #8 back into the starting rotation.

The Caps have a potent centre pairing with Johnny Franklin and Melani Nanai, the Thiel brothers add a boost to the Bays roster, Bays missing one of their best attacking players in D’Shawn Bowen. It might come down to a scrum advantage in this match. There’s not much between these teams, should be a close one.

Prediction: Caps by 1.

James Bay

1) Moe Steves / Toby Ng
2) Wyatt Pilz / Dave O’Connor
3) Aiden Vachon
4) Jack MacIntosh
5) Asfi Saeed / Andrew Montgrand
6) Tom Richardson / Tyler Grom
7) Dave O’Connor / Tom Richardson
8) Jake Thiel
9) Crosby Stewart
10) Josh Thiel
11) Malik James / Anton Ngongo
12) Mostyn Findlay / Mike Newenheusen
13) Tom Burton
14) Keegan Neary
15) Craig Mitchell-Hermann
16) Luke Feraco
17) Toby Ng / Kerry Park
18) Jeremiah Gonevou
19) Tyler Grom / Moe Steves
20) Isaac Gonevou / Mostyn Findlay
21) Kai Kahn / Isaac Gonevou
22) Anton Ngongo / Joeli Gonevou
23) Mike Newenheusen / Malik James


1 Ed Wallin
2 Ethan McCarthy
3 Jesse Ryan
4 Nick Pearce / Cori Hamill
5 Joe Britt / Nick Pearce
6 Ollie Winspear / Reid Brookes
7 Flynn Heyes
8 Chuck Huntingford / Glen McKinnon
9 Brandon Power / Chris Robinson
10 George Wallin
11 Cam Waddell
12 Johnny Franklin (C)
13 Melani Nanai
14 Ethan Whiting / Matt Nicol
15 Mike Moloney
16 James Ritzema / Pete Ingoldsby
17 Mackenzie Mills / James Ritzema
18 Arsalan Schaigan / Ryan Scott
19 Cori Hamill / Ollie Winspear
20 Reid Brookes / Jack Rainer
21 Glen McKinnon / Mahyar Hosseini
22 Chris Robinson / Brandon Power
23 Bruce Jones

Pacific Pride 7 v Meraloma 35
Referee: Derek Horton AR1: David Hale AR2: Martin Thornton
Venue: Westhills Stadium

A comprehensive +28 win for the Lomas and they’ve locked up a top two spot in the regular season, and a home field semi-final. They sit tied with the Ravens (54 points) at the top of the standings, the Ravens did win the head to head match this season. The Lomas visit Capilano next weekend. The Pride close out the season with a Friday night contest against Westshore.


#3 hosting #2. The Lomas got a scare from Burnaby last week as they built up a lead and then shut down in the second half. The Pride were upset by Westshore last week in a nail biter.

The Pride rotate some of the forwards Tyler Matchem starts at tighthead prop, Jaiden John starts at lock, and Charles Taimani at #8. A change in halfbacks with Brady White #9 and James Thiel #10 getting the start. Noah Flesch returns from the 7s program for the start at inside centre.

The Lomas rotate their front row and have Finton O’Sullivan back at lock. The loose forward trio remain the same and Peter Hurst rotates into the starting scrum half role. Dewi Williams returns at wing, as does Keith Graham. Veterans Doug Fraser and Jordan Wilson-Ross look to make an impact from the bench.

The Lomas had an off week last week, due to a stellar second half performance by Burnaby. The Pride were upset by an expansive Westshore side. The Lomas will look to dominate in the forwards and set pieces against a young Pride team plus they have the attacking talent out wide.

Prediction: Lomas by 6.


1  Geoff Brooks / Tom Webb
2 Gil Cann-Vaana / Scott Bowers
3 Conor Turley / Conor O’Flaherty
4  Giovanni Guizetti / Finton O’Sullivan
5 Brian Hayden / Giovanni Guizetti
6 Corne Ludick
7 Evan Galvin
8 Jalan Farris
9 James Frankenberger / Peter Hurst
10 Trent Ormsby
11  Conrad Kutia / Dewi Williams
12 Doug Fraser / Joe Thomas
13  Manuel Bustinduy
14 Jordan Wilson-Ross / Keith Graham
15 Louis Whelan
16 Scott Bowers /  Mark Rickard
17  Tom Webb / Jack Coyle
18 Conor O’Flaherty / Conor Turley
19  Thomas Williams
20 Ethan Jaques
21 Pete Hurst / Doug Fraser
22  Joe Thomas / James McTurk
23  James McTurk / Jordan Wilson Ross


1  Sam Miller
2 Jesse Mackail
3  Theo Espagnol / Tyler Matchem
4 Alistair Bruce / Jaiden John
5  James Stockwood
6 Ben James
7  Von Richardson
8  Matt Klimchuk / Charles Taimani
9 Jesse Kilgour / Brady White
10 Justin Taylor / James Thiel
11  Liam Poulton / Andrew Cooper
12 Kyle Tremblay / Noah Flesch
13  Tyler Buchanan / Kyle Tremblay
14  Ben Russell / Ian Jones
15 Jamie Armstrong / Ty Driscoll
16 Neil Trainor / Theo Espagnol
17  Griffin Phillipson / Neil Trainor
18 Tyler Matchem / Conor Williams
19  Jaiden John / Matt Klimchuk
20 Charles Taimani / Noah Kyneston
21 Brady White / Justin Taylor
22 Andrew Cooper / Liam Poulton
23 Ty Driscoll /  Mark Balaski

University Of Victoria v Westshore (Match Abandoned)
Referee: Cole Pedrick AR1: Doug Thorpe AR2: Andrew Owen
Venue: U Of Victoria- Wallace Field

The official statement is “game abandoned due to a major medical incident”. We understand one of the Vikes players went down after a head to head collision with a teammate during a tackle situation. The situation was deemed serious enough to abandon the match. We’ll provide more details when available. The Competition Committee will have to determine how points are allocated or whether there will be a rematch. Currently Westshore are in 6th place (5th for playoffs) and UVic are in 8th place (7th for playoffs). Next week Westshore host the Pride in a Friday night match while the Vikes visit the Bays.


#8 hosting #6. Two teams coming off of wins, Westshore over the Pride and UVic over CW. This is an important game to determine playoff spots as both teams are battling to stay in the top 6.

The big addition for Westshore is Thomas Isherwood returning from the 7s program to start at #10. Darian Morrison replaces Liam Clark at starting outside centre.

UVic sees the return of Muiredach Casey and Merlin M’Cloud. They’re missing Morgan di Nardo, who is with the 7s program, and scored the only try for Canada on Day 1 against Fiji.

It should be an entertaining match with UVic playing an expansive game and Westshore with a lot of 7s talent on the team. The Isherwood factor will be interesting to see, how will he adapt from 7s to taking on the #10 role? It should be another close match.

Prediction: Westshore by 2.


1 Justin Tasse
2 Brian Waraba
3 Kane Perrett
4 Matt Weir / Brian Ndirangu
5 Brian Ndirangu / Matt Weir
6 Jade Billington
7 Tom Heuser
8 Alvin Otieno
9 Malcolm Klaver
10 Payton Gibson / Thomas Isherwood
11 Braeden Bespalko
12 Jeff Oluoch
13 Liam Clark / Darian Morrison
14 Nelson Oyoo
15 Johnstone Olindi
16 Matt Evans / Quinn Baak
17 Nathan Groenewold
18 Simeon John
19 Toby Berg / Brayden Gray
20 Keating Teft / Seth Recalma
21 Darian Morrison / Grayson Perry
22 Mark Discombe / Payton Gibson
23 Peyton Eagar / Liam Clark


1 Owen Kokan
2 Phoenix Moller
3 Brighton Feldman / Nic Willey
4 Josh Petrov / Merlin M’Cloud
5 Brendan Kim
6 Jordy Auger / Muiredach Casey
7 Sully Curran / Jordy Auger
8 Jaxson Jones
9 Chris Gamage
10 Angus Boyd-Porter
11 Dylan Cleaver
12 Josh McIndoe
13 Lockart MacGregor
14 Ryder Heany-Corns
15 Morgan Di Nardo / Ethan Smith
16 Kale Jones / Sully Curran
17 Nic Willey / Brent Hamberg
18 Alex Gordon / Brighton Feldman
19 Clayton Miller / Alex Gordon
20 Lukas Okano / Josh Petrov
21 Ian Smith / Lukas Okano
22 Edan Lewis / Jackson Graf
23 Jackson Graf / Alex Gamage

UBC 21 v UBCOB Ravens 50
Referee: Chris Assmus AR1: Shanda Assmus AR2: Nathaniel Hight
Venue: UBC- Gerald McGavin Centre

A +29 win for the Ravens. It’s a good thing we took our time writing this up as the BCRU had the scores reversed (again) when first published, so we’ll go back and re-write the scenarios (again). The Ravens sit atop the standings with 54 points, tied with Lomas, but the Ravens won the head to head match. The top two teams get a bye in the quarter-finals and host the semis, the Lomas and Ravens have secured those top two spots, and there’s a good chance they’ll meet in the finals this year. Next week the Ravens visit Burnaby and UBC host CW.

The match replay can be viewed here.


#7 hosting #1. The Ravens coming off a +19 win over Capilano. UBC with a +25 win over the Bays last week.

The Ravens bring Tom Kaijaks into the starting tighthead role, Grant Crowell returns to the roster and starts at blindside flanker. Harjun Gill returns as inside centre and Billy Wickham gets the start at scrum half.

UBC put Alastair Marshall back on the wing, even though he scored two tries in his debut at blindside flanker last week. Joe McNulty and Sol Jacques come back into the starting rotation at flankers.

UBC got off to a slow start in the season which is putting their playoff chances in jeopardy, they need this win to control their playoff destiny. The Ravens have only lost one match this season.

Prediction: Ravens by 3.


1 Lachie Gunson
2 Riku Conrad
3 Harrison Burgess / Tom Kaijaks
4 Frank Carson
5 James Carson / Donald Carson
6 Donald Carson / Grant Crowell
7 David O’Donoghue / Matthew Chan
8 Joe Locke
9 Sam Walton-Sexton / Billy Wickham
10 Aaron McLelland
11 Jake Holmes / Cole Keffer
12 Ethan Berry / Harjun Gill
13 Nico Leonard
14 Cole Keffer / Ethan Berry
15 Nicholas Blain
16 Viaan Wolmarans
17 Amin Gurd / Josh Tweed
18 Tom Kaijaks / Harrison Burgess
19 Matthew Chan / James Carson
20 Augustine Lugoonzo / Isaac Kaij
21 Billy Wickham / Sam Walton-Sexton
22 Harjun Gill / Jake Holmes
23 Hamish Jones / Augustine Lugoonzo


1 Koen Buckingham
2 Emmett Allen
3 Payton Teneycke
4 Hilyard Carson
5 Caden Wilson
6 Alastair Marshall / Joe McNulty
7 Callum Arnesen / Sol Jacques
8 Relmu Wilson-Valdes
9 Stephen Webb
10 Jacob Bourne
11 Jared Andrews-Almack
12 Talon McMullin
13 Takoda McMullin
14 Niko Andrianos / Alastair Marshall
15 Lenny Bonduau
16 Akihito Yoshida
17 Tate Hartley
18 Ethan Lee / Thor Noble
19 Sol Jacques / Ethan Lee
20 Joe McNulty / Sandon Gupta
21 Ben Martin / Niko Andrianos
22 Caleb Seumanutafa / Ben Martin
23 Demetri Patterson / Caleb Seumanutafa


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