BC Rugby Weekend of March 23rd 2024

BC Premier Week 12 Results and Rosters: Lomas Hold Off Burnaby, UBC Defeat Bays, Vikes Edge CW, Pride Fall to Westshore, Ravens Top Caps

There are 3 weeks left in the regular season with 7 teams battling for 6 playoff spots. The Caps and Bays have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the Ravens and Lomas look on track to capture the top two quarter-final byes (pending this weekend’s Burnaby v Lomas result) and home field semi-finals. Burnaby look safe in 3rd with CW, Westshore, UBC and UVic battling for the 3 remaining spots.

Now that the week 12 scores are in, not much has changed except the race for the final 3 playoff spots tightens up, CW, Westshore, UBC, UVic continue to be locked in a battle with one team destined to lose out. The Lomas and Ravens look assured of quarter-final byes and home field semis and Burnaby are now locked in for at least 3rd place and a home field quarter-final.

Burnaby Lake 19 v Meraloma 21 @ 2:30
Referee: Shanda Assmus AR1: Brett Hay AR2: Mark Abercrombie
Venue: Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

The Lomas went ahead 21-0 at the half and were blanked in the second half but held on for the win. Burnaby are beginning to make a name for themselves with strong defence. The Lomas don’t get a bonus point but Burnaby pick up +1. The Lomas and Ravens are now tied at the top of the table, Burnaby remain in 4th place (3rd excluding the Pride). Next week the Lomas visit the Pride while Burnaby visit CW.


#4 hosting #1. Burnaby on a 6 game win streak, the last match they lost was in November to Meraloma, 57-5, so now at home they have something to prove. The Lomas coming off a bye week, they’ve only lost one match this season, that was to the Ravens.

Burnaby have Reid Watkins back at #9, James Catterson returns at #6, Brian Murphy at wing and the other wing sees Hayden Mulgrew who recently signed with the Vancouver Highlanders.

The Lomas have a similar roster to their last match, two weeks ago, Finton O’Sullivan is out at second row as is Dewi Williams on the wing. Covering from the reserves are Giovanni Guizetti and Conrad Kutia.

You would have to back the team with only one loss but Burnaby have been strong at home and have some key players back. Check out Burnaby’s YouTube channel as they usually live stream the match https://www.youtube.com/user/burnabylakerugbyclub

Prediction: Lomas by 2.


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


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

James Bay 13 v UBC 38 @ 2:30
Referee: Kristine Lovatt AR1: Julianne Zussman AR2: Robert Brown
Venue: James Bay AA- MacDonald Park

A bonus point win for UBC which keeps them ahead of UVic in the playoff race. Next week UBC host the Ravens while the Bays host Capilano.


#10 hosting #7. The Bays mathematically eliminated from the playoff now but will be searching for their first win and an upset. UBC hanging on to the last playoff spot will desperately want the points, they dispatched Caps last weekend by +30.

The Bays missing D’Shawn Bowen who was outstanding last week. They have Jake Thiel back at #8 which moves Tom Richardson to blindside flanker. Craig Mitchell-Hermann returns to the roster to start at fullback.

UBC have only one change to the starting XV with Niko Andrianos replacing Kieran Martin on the wing. A couple of returning players are in the reserves Sol Jacques and Joe McNulty.

UBC go in as favourites but never under estimate the Bays at home.

Prediction: UBC by 7.


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

James Bay

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

University Of Victoria 34 v Castaway Wanderers 28 @ 2:30
Referee: CLINT LEMKUS AR1: Andrew Foster AR2: Andrew Owen
Venue: U Of Victoria- Wallace Field

This looks like the only game that was live streamed this week so kudos for the Vikes on that. This was a close match that was tied with 10 minutes left. The Vikes #10 Angus Boyd-Porter had a strong match, and slotted a couple of penalties late in the match to secure the win. He also was handy with the kick from hand scoring a try from a grubber and setting up another try with a chip over the defensive line. The Vikes hooker, Phoenix Moller,  scored a couple of tries and was an impact player.  For CW their scrum dominated throughout the match except at the very end when the Vikes surprisingly won a penalty pushing the CW scrum back, those extra leg reps paying off. The CW maul was also very effective. It’s not a bad outcome for either team, CW will get 2 bonus points and UVic will get 5 points keeping them both very much in the hunt for the final playoff spots. CW (29) remain in 5th place, Westshore (28) are in 6th, UBC (26) are in 7th and UVic (23) remain in 8th place. Next week UVic host Westshore and CW host Burnaby.


#8 hosting #5. CW coming off a surprising blowout loss to the Ravens at home, we’ll see how they rebound against rivals UVic. UVic lost to Burnaby last week but managed a losing bonus point.

CW have Mike Fuailefau at #10 in an interesting development. Tom Davidson comes into the roster at lock, Jack Wallace replaces a missing Ollie Nott at openside flanker. The backline remains the same with the exception of Jordan Ng replacing Rio Apt on the wing.

UVic giving young Brighton Feldman his first start at tighthead prop, a good test for the Canada U18 (2023) prop who will no doubt be vying for a spot on Canada U20 this year. Sully Curran comes in at openside flanker, #8 Muiredach Casey is missing and Jaxson Jones moves from openside to #8. The backline remains the same with the exception of Ryder Heany-Corns returning to the roster to start on the wing, moving Morgan Di Nardo to fullback.

Both teams needing points to secure their playoff spots, UVic will be in danger of missing the playoffs if they lose this one, CW with more leeway sitting in 5th place. The performance of veteran Mike Fuailefau at #10 should be a factor. UVic usually stream their home games, check out their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/@VikesMensRugby

Prediction: CW by 3.


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


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

Westshore 15 v Pacific Pride 12 @ 2:30
Referee: Riley Robinson AR1: Cole Pedrick AR2: Martin Thornton
Venue: Juan De Fuca

A big upset for Westshore which helps their playoff hopes, they remain in 6th place but only a point behind CW now chasing a home quarter-final. Westshore put in a big defensive effort to secure the win, especially in the last 10 minutes. Next week a key game sees Westshore visit UVic while the Pride host Meraloma.


#6 hosting #3. Westshore with an emphatic second half comeback last week to defeat James Bay. The Pride defeated TWU in an exhibition match last week and have only lost 2 games this season, to Burnaby and Ravens.

Westshore keeping their roster consistent with only 2 changes, Matt Weir starting at lock and Liam Clark at outside centre.

The Pride have a few more changes, Sam Miller returns to the roster at loosehead prop, players moving from the bench to starting roles, Theo Espagnol at tighthead, James Stockwood at lock, Tyler Buchanan at outside centre. Von Richardson returns to the roster at openside flanker, and Liam Poulton on the wing.

Both teams play an expansive game, expecting a lot wide ball and open field running, especially in the second half as space opens up. The team that shows up on defence will likely prevail.

Prediction: Pride by 5.


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


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

Capilano 28 v UBCOB Ravens 43 @ 3:00
Referee: Doug Thorpe AR1: Benjamin Lambrick AR2: Saro Turner
Venue: Klahanie Park

Unconfirmed score at the present time but Ravens get a bonus point win putting them in a tie for top spot with the Lomas. With two weeks left in the season both teams are 9 points ahead of Burnaby and look assured of a quarter-final bye and a home semi-final. The Caps remain in 9th spot. Next week the Ravens visit UBC while the Caps visit James Bay with one team guaranteed a win this season.


#9 hosting #2. Caps looking for their first win of the season, also mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. The Ravens coming off a huge win on the road against CW.

Caps are putting their veterans Glenn McKinnon and Chris Robinson in the reserves anticipating a second half surge. Ollie Winspear comes into the roster to start at blindside flanker, Ethan Whiting starts on the wing and Brandon Power comes off the bench to start at scrum half.

The Ravens rotate their front row, and shuffle the Carsons who take up positions 4 to 6. Sam Walton-Sexton gets the start at scrum half with Billy Wickham moving to the reserves.

The Ravens are favourites and look to put pressure on #1 Lomas and keep clear of #3 Burnaby in the standings.

Prediction: Ravens by 9.


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


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

Women’s Premier

Capilano 31 v Seattle 7 @ 12:45
Referee: Benjamin Lambrick AR1: Simon Whyte AR2: Leighton Williams
Venue: Klahanie Park

Castaway Wanderers v Vancouver Thunderbirds Birds @ 12:45
Referee: Rose LaBrèche AR1: Jamie Roszel AR2: Mckenzie Eckart
Venue: Windsor Park

Westshore 50 v Vancouver Thunderbirds Thunder 5 @ 12:45
Referee: Cole Pedrick AR1: Chris Horsley (Pending) AR2: Martin Thornton
Venue: Juan De Fuca

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