West Vancouver, BC: Capilano RFC completed a perfect season on Saturday afternoon downing the Oak Bay Castaway Wanderers 46-5 in the Men’s Under-19 provincial final. The outfit from West Vancouver ran in seven tries, much to the delight of the home crowd at Klahanie Park.
“I could not be any prouder of this team. They continued to get better and better throughout the season,” said Capilano head coach Ramses Langston. “This game was really physical and it was close in the beginning, but I think we just wore them down. We continued to put on the pressure and didn’t let up.”
The scoring opened with Capilano fly half Zach Smith kicking a penalty for a 3-0 lead. The Caps offence then took over as Captain Jordan Harvey, Neil Courtney and Austin Karius all went over for tries. Smith kicked three conversions to put Capilano up 24-0 at the half.
The second frame opened with the Castaway Wanderers driving towards the try line. Their efforts were eventually rewarded when prop MacBryan Bos barrelled over in the corner for CW’s only score of the game.
Capilano responded with the next four tries and put the game out of reach. Jordan Harvey notched his second and substitute Nathan Yanagiya notched a hat trick. Yanagiya, who represented Canada at the Youth Commonwealth Games this past September, showed his pace dashing down the blindside for each of his scores.
“Capilano are a powerful and well-drilled side,” said Castaway Wanderers head coach Roger Robinson. “We told our guys coming across on the ferry this morning that it would be tough playing Capilano at their home park. If we wanted to win at Klahanie, we would need to score first and unfortunately we didn’t do that today. Capilano were a very good side and they were much better than us on the day.
“It was a hard hitting game and we put our hearts on the line,” added Capilano’s Harvey. “Our forwards were physical but we couldn’t have won the game without our back line.”
Capilano had gone 6-0 during the Lower Mainland regular season, and defeated Abbotsford RFC 47-8 in the regional final, earning the right to host the provincial championship.
Three players from today’s final have been apart of the Rugby Canada Under-19 Western region selection camp this past weekend. On Sunday at 10:00am, Capilano standouts Harvey and Reid Tucker, as well as Castaway Wanderers standoff Fergus Hall will play for the Rugby Canada U19 squad against the Fraser Valley Selects. A Under-19 Canada side will be selected over the winter break before traveling to England next March.