Speedy Sawers powers Capilano to top of Premier League table

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Andrew Smith

Vancouver, BC: Gordie Sawers notched two tries on Saturday as he led Capilano RFC to an impressive 41-13 win over the UBC Old Boys Ravens in Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League play. By the final whistle Capilano had crossed over six times to secure the bonus point victory, lifting them to first place in the standings (see attached) with a perfect 2-0 record.

Capilano’s back line were especially lethal throughout the match and opened the scoring when Akio Tyler broke several tackles before offloading to Sawers who touched down in the corner. Scrum half Matt Yanagiya kicked his first of four successful conversions for the early 7-0 lead.

The second try came shortly after as Sawers chased down his own kick, catching a fortunate bounce behind the Ravens’ try line for his second score.

Despite two tries and a penalty for the Ravens, the match was one way traffic for the visiting Capilano side. Further scores were recorded by Glen McKinnon, Sam Penhall, Charlie Jones and Jesse Ryan. Yanagiya’s penalty rounded out the scoring for 41 points.

“That was a massive improvement from last week and I thought we were very assertive with the ball,” said Capilano head coach Tom Larisch. “Our backs, especially Gordie [Sawers] and Brady Carpenter ran at their defence and went for it each time they had possession. Our back row played well today as well. McKinnon, Christoph Strubin and Sam Penhall played the entire game with a high work rate causing turnovers and were very physical.”

James Bay 15, Castaway Wanderers 10

Over on Vancouver Island, the Battle of the Bays lived up to expectations as James Bay downed the reigning Premier League champions Oak Bay Castaway Wanderers 15-10. CW led 10-3 at the break through tries from Isaac Bainivula and Pita Savea but failed to score in the second frame. Adding to a penalty from veteran sharpshooter Jeff Williams, James Bay produced two second half tries through Dave Moonlight and Morgan Williams. Kyle Laberge converted to round out the scoring for the Bays. James Bay are now a perfect 3-0 against their crosstown rivals this season having previously defeated CW 18-14 on October 1st and 54-7 on October 29th in VIRU Elite play.

UVic Vikes 26, Abbotsford RFC 23

The UVic Vikes kicked off the 2011-2012 Premier League by the narrowest of margins, when winger Willem Du Plessis crossed over in the dying minutes to record a 26-23 win over Abbotsford RFC. The Vikes secured a bonus point with tries coming courtesy of Remi Anctil, Mike Fuailefau, Beau Parker and Du Plessis. Abbotsford will be disappointed with the loss but the squad did secure two points by losing within seven and recording four tries.

BC Rugby Saturday Scoreboard

Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – Sat., November 19th

Castaway Wanderers [10 – 15] James Bay AA

Capilano [41 – 13] UBCOB Ravens

Abbotsford RFC [23 – 26] UVic Vikes

Ceili’s Cup (Div 1) – Sat. November 19th

Capilano [53 – 5] UBCOB Ravens

Abbotsford RFC [50 – 56] UVic Norsemen

Castaway Wanderers [22 – 0] James Bay AA

Premier League Qualification Round 2 – Sat. November 19th

Vancouver Rowing Club [40 – 38] Velox

Burnaby Lake at Bayside Sharks POSTPONED

Lower Mainland Women’s Tier One- Sat., November 19th

CUP SEMIFINAL: SFU [5 – 19] Burnaby Lake

CUP SEMIFINAL: Bayside [43 – 12] United

SHIELD SEMIFINAL: Capilano BYE

SHIELD SEMIFINAL: Kamlooops [12 – 45] Meraloma

U19 Lower Mainland Men – Sat. November 19th

TIER 1 SEMIFINAL: Capilano [5 – 0] Surrey (Surrey Defaulted)

TIER 1 SEMIFINAL: Rowers [12 – 19] Abbotsford

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