Capilano Rugby – March 2022

Capilano RFC Match Reports: Premier Women vs CW; Div 3 Men vs Brit-Lions; Div 1 Men vs Kamloops

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Saturday March 12 – Results

Premier Women
Capilano 10 – 56 CW

3rd Division Men
Capilano 7 – 38 Brit-Lions

1st Division Men
Kamloops 19 – 24 Capilano

Thank you to all three of our match report writers this week. Jayne Isherwood, Chris Robinson and Steve Feenstra. All the reports can be found below.

Saturday March 19 – Schedule
11:15am Kats 3rd Division Men at Capilano 3rd Division Men
12:45pm CW Premier Women at Capilano Premier Women
2:30pm CW Premier Men at Capilano Premier Men

Capilano Premier Women

Caps Women Come Up Short 56-10

After 6 weeks of no premier games, the Caps women were in for a challenge as they faced the Castaway Wanderers on Saturday. A bit of disorganization from the Caps made CW look good in the opening minutes. The Capilano forwards also needed to tighten up in their pods as CW was quick to the jackal. Although Caps were unable to put any points on the scoreboard in the first half they played with a majority of the possession and put in strong shifts on both offense and defense. CW has some stars in their backline that made incredible line breaks to put several tries on the board. The first half ended at 28-0 for CW. The tune of the game did not change much throughout the second half. Capilano Prems women played their hearts out but were only able to put two tries on the board late in the game. Katerina Josephides and Sarah Elias defined impact sub coming on to punch one try each in the second half. Savannah Bacchus played their best game of the season with powerful carries and strong efforts of defense. The Capilano Premier Women are fired up for a rematch this Saturday at home. Thanks to the fans, refs, and CW for a great day of rugby.

Jayne Isherwood

Capilano 3rd Division Men

15 Capilano 3rd Division players travelled out to John Oliver Park on Saturday to take on the Brit-Lions. They knew they would all be in for the full 80 mins on this day and they battled hard all game. Some members of the Snowcaps have helped this 3rd Division make up numbers this half and the club is thankful for the Snowcap additions. However, on this day the Snowcaps also had a game so there were no reinforcements off the bench.

The Capilano players played a lot of defence in the first half but evened things up in the second half. On occasion, Caps players would be slow to get off the ground and look towards the sideline only to remember there were no subs. They then got up and back into the play. No doubt some sore bodies after this one. As a coach for one day, it was really great to see the pride and effort the Caps players showed.

Brit-Lions took a 25-0 score into halftime on 3 tries, 2 converts, and 2 penalties. The second half scoring was 14-7 in favour of the Brit-Lions. Final score being 39-7.

Jacob Sims intercepted a pass in the second half and ran the ball 60m the other way to score. He did spend the last 5m waving at the chasing defender which will likely come up at a future court session. Congrats to Jacob on his first try scored playing Sr. Men’s rugby.

The wisdom and rugby experience was provided by Brad Wightman, Jason Moore, Raul Figueroa, Nish Nereyeth, and Babak Manavi. All five bring slightly different leadership qualities, both on and off the field, but the club is lucky to have them all playing.

Joao Zarro, Lucas Eisner, and Shareef Sadain were tackling machines on the day as well as having some great carries with the ball. In the second half, Shareef moved into the backs and didn’t look out of place in his debut playing #12.

Keita Dueck came out of a tackle with some good swelling around his eye early in the game. He kept playing and hit all his lineout throws on the day. He will have a very colourful shiner this week at training.

Adrien “Reuben” Preece made a great one hand catch and tracked the kicks in the wind well playing on the wing. Unfortunately he followed that up with an extremely poor boat race performance.

Graham Swanston stole most of the Brit-Lions lineout throws by jumping up quick at the front. Some great timing and hands from Graham.

Ben Shoesmith was very active playing #10 for the Caps and shows great potential. Some very good runs and a few good kicks on the day along with lots of great low tackles on some much bigger Brit-Lions players.

Jovit O’Santos started at #13 in a new position and didn’t look out of place. His play got much better as the game went on and was very confident with the ball in the second half.

Rhys Wright suffered a ankle injury late in the second half. We all wish him a speedy recovery. Rhys was having a great day in the scrums up to his injury.

Next weekend the Caps host Kats at Klahanie Park.

Chris Robinson

Capilano 1st Division Men

Saturday March 12th had the Kamloops Rugby Club travel from the interior to the coast to do battle with Capilano RFC. An overcast day that turned to the warm side was perfect rugby weather with both teams put on a spirited hard-hitting display. Kamloops only fields one team and when they took to the pitch, they looked a solid group that would give the Capilano’s a hard time of it. The Caps were coming off a tough loss last week and were looking to rebound with a winning effort.

The match started with both teams playing hard, but with Kamloops looking a bit stronger at the breakdown and definitely stronger in the scrum. Their hard work soon paid off and the Kamloops kicker slotted one through for a 3-0 Kamloops lead at 4 min.

Caps got on the scoreboard themselves with a well-placed chip from # 10 McLennan that was run down by the Cap winger and run in for a fiver and with Joe Britt’s long convert the score flipped to 7-3 Caps at 9 min.

The men from tournament city then started working hard at breaking down the Caps resistance using their size for a series of driving runs in the middle of the field. It paid off for the Loops lads as they potted a penalty kick at 16 minutes, followed by a walk-in maul at 20 min and another penalty kick at 36 min. This all made it 16-7 for Kamloops at the half. Kamloops also missed two penalties in amongst their scoring that would prove to be costly at the end.

The second half had the local boys putting on their track shoes and try to run themselves back in contention. A long solo effort by Caps Ryan Scott made the score 16-12 for Kamloops at 42 min. But there started to be a buzz in the crowd as they sensed the Caps might make a comeback. Kamloops had different ideas though and came back hard to win a penalty kick to make it 19-12 for the interior crew. But five minutes later the Caps worked their way to the Loops goal line and finally pushed it over. No extras but the Caps now only trailed 19-17. Sure enough, with time running out the Caps stole a line-out, worked it across the field and crossed the whitewash for the game winning try. With the convert the final score was 24- 19 for Capilano.

This was an evenly matched game that was fun to watch.

A strong effort by Caps starters and lively subs helped them come out on the right side of the scoreboard.

Thanks to Kamloops .
Thanks to the ref.

Steve Feenstra

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