Andrew Smith

Vancouver, BC: Burnaby Lake Rugby Club (3-0) sent a resounding message to their Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League opponents on Saturday afternoon, dispatching the 2011 Lower Mainland champions Capilano RFC (2-1) with a convincing 25-0 victory. The win sees Burnaby on top of the standings for at least another week as they continue to keep up with their higher-ranked opposition

“I don’t think [Capilano] underestimated us but I have to say we had a few of the bounces go our way,” said Burnaby head coach Kris De Scossa, clearly delighted with the win. “We have been seen as the underdogs in this competition and that was evident in the preseason coaches poll (Burnaby ranked no. 5) Capilano are a quality side and I can still see them making a serious run in this year’s competition .”

Capilano had defeated Burnaby 20-11 in the MIller Cup Final in early December and left the runner-ups eight weeks to dwell on the loss. From the start of today’s Premier League clash it was evident Burnaby were hungrier to set the records straight.

Burnaby’s opening try came courtesy of full back Cole Macqueen and a penalty just minutes later by Geoff Ryan had the visitors up 8-0. Their second try began with a quick tap penalty, surprising their opposition as they gained crucial field position near the corner flag. Burnaby then stretched Capilano’s defence thin, shifting the ball out to Evan Thomas who touched down for the 13-0 lead. Ryan’s conversion had the visitors up15-0 at the break.

The opening play of the second half set the tone for the remaining minutes as Capilano knocked-on the ensuing kick off and spent much of the match on the back foot. Ryan tacked on another penalty for the 18-0 lead. Burnaby’s final try of the match came courtesy of of fly half Adam Martin with Ryan kicking the conversion for the 25-0 win. Ryan led all scorers with 10 points through his two penalties and two conversions.

“Eight weeks ago we lost here and we were fairly beaten,” said Burnaby Lake Director of Rugby Simon Smoldon. “Our guys have since put in the effort and led by our Captain Mike Gough, have endured an intensive training schedule to make sure we came away with the win today.”

The Blue and White will look to keep their perfect record in tact next Saturday when they return to Burnaby Lake Sports Complex for their home opener against the UVic Vikes (1-2).

James Bay 27, Abbotsford 10

The number one ranked team in the province, James Bay Athletic Association (3-0) were convincing winners at home on Saturday afternoon, defeating Abbotsford RFC 27-10. Newfoundland product and newcomer to the Island, Zac Coughlan was lethal from the back row and scored his first Premier League try for the Bays. James Bay secured the bonus point with tries also coming from Hugo Belanger, Morgan Williams and Adam Drury. Pat Fraser made his debut for James Bay with seven points, kicking two conversions and a penalty. Next week James Bay are on the road against Capilano RFC, while Abbotsford are at home to Meraloma Rugby Club (0-3).

Castaway Wanderers 28, UVic Vikes 27

The rematch of last year’s Premier League semifinal lived up to the hype as the reigning Rounsefell Cup champions Castaway Wanderers (2-1) came from behind to edge the University of Victoria Vikes 28-27. Rugby World Cup standouts Hubert Buydens and Andrew Tiedemann both recorded tries for CW as did Dylan Jones and Johnny Morris. Matt Buckley kicked all four conversions for the win. Still adjusting to the departure of their entire front row, UVic struggled in the forwards. Their back line accounted for 22 of their 27 points with Cowichan product Patrick Kay kicking three conversions, a penalty and a drop goal. Beau Parker recorded a brace of tries and loose forward Dustin Dobravsky also crossed over. Next week, CW will play host to the UBCOB Ravens (1-2) at Windsor Park.

BC Rugby Saturday Scoreboard: January 28, 2012

Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – Sat. January 28th:

Abbotsford RFC 10 – 27(+1) James Bay AA

Castaway Wanderers 28(+1) – 27(+1) Uvic Vikes

Burnaby Lake 25 – 0 Capilano RFC

Ceili’s Cup League (Tier 1 First Division) – Sat. January 28th:

Abbotsford RFC 12 – 30(+1) James Bay AA

UVic Norsemen 24 – 0 Castaway Wanderers

Burnaby Lake 10 – 30(+1) Capilano RFC

Third Division – Sat. January 28th:

Burnaby A 29 – 17 Capilano

Exhibition: Burnaby B 7 – 12 Capilano B