Regional Champs to Square Off in Premier League Play

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Vancouver, BC (ISN) – The 2011 Lower Mainland champions Capilano RFC will head to MacDonald Park this weekend to do battle with the current Vancouver Island champions James Bay Athletic Association in week eight of the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League.

Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – Sat. March 3rd:

  • Capilano RFC at James Bay AA (MacDonald Park) 2:45pm
  • Abbotsford RFC at Meraloma Rugby Club (Connaught Park) 2:45pm
  • Burnaby Lake Rugby Club at UBCOB Ravens (Jericho Park) 2:45pm
  • Castaway Wanderers RFC at UVic Vikes RFC (Wallace Field) 2:45pm

Capilano (6-1) at James Bay AA (6-1)

A single point separates these two clubs in the Premier League standings and this weekend’s rubber match is sure to draw a crowd. Their first meeting back on February 4th saw Capilano hold the Bays try-less with a convincing 23-6 victory. Since their previous meeting, James Bay’s defence has been rock-solid and currently leads the league allowing just 11.29 points per game against. The Bays, led by their top-scorer JT Rowbotham (20 pts) are undefeated at home this season. Capilano RFC are currently riding a four game win streak where they have outscored opponents by at least 11 point margins. The Caps also boast the league’s top scorer in scrum half Matt Yanagiya, who tallied another eight points last week against Abbotsford and now has 73 pts overall.

Abbotsford (0-6) at Meraloma (2-4-1)

Heading into Saturday’s clash at Connaught Park, both of these teams are on the rise. Abbotsford kept pace with Capilano last weekend just missing out on a bonus point in a 21-33 loss. The squad recorded three tries through Aaron Flagg, BC provincial team standout Konrad Rybkowski and Fraser Valley Under-20 rep player Pat Shields. Abby’s defence is still struggling, allowing a league-worst 37.17 points per game, but odds are the club are soon to produce their first win in the province’s top flight. Meraloma Rugby Club are slowly closing the gap, chasing down the top four teams currently holding down playoff berths in the Premier League. The Lomas downed Vancouver West rivals UBCOB Ravens with a convincing 29-12 last weekend and appear to have things back on track. The Lomas top scorer, Bryan Tyrer currently sits second in the overall scoring race with 62 points. Tyrer leads the league in penalty kicks with 10 to his credit this season.

Burnaby Lake (5-1) at UBCOB Ravens (2-5)

The most recent Premier League result between these two sides was a 36-3 Burnaby victory, carried over from their September 24th meeting. Since the Fall season, Burnaby has maintained their winning ways and currently sits third with a game-in-hand while the Ravens have slipped to 2-5. These two sides squared off in the 2011 CDI Premier League quarterfinals and it was the Ravens who came out on top of a 35-18 decision. Last weekend, Burnaby edged the UVic Vikes 42-35 in a Wallace Field shootout, thanks to a last minute try from BC provincial team prop Scott MacKay. Burnaby also boast the league’s leading try scorer in Jeke Gotegote who has 10 tries and ranks third in overall scoring.

Castaway Wanderers (4-2-1) at UVic Vikes (1-6)

The no. 6 Vikes will be stretched thin this weekend as they look to defend their National University Sevens crown in Langford. The squad will be without their headliners Sean Duke and Nathan Hirayama and will need a strong showing from their young pack to keep up with the Castaway Wanderers. CW will look to rebound from a tough 20-7 loss at the hands of James Bay last weekend and will boost a significant size advantage over the younger students. The loss for CW last Saturday saw the reigning Rounsefell Cup champions slip to fourth in the standings.

Ceili’s Cup League (Tier 1 First Division) – Sat. March 3rd:

Abbotsford RFC at Meraloma Rugby Club (Connaught Park) 1:00pm

Capilano RFC at James Bay AA (MacDonald Park) 1:00pm

Burnaby Lake Rugby Club at UBCOB Ravens (Jericho Park) 1:00pm

Castaway Wanderers RFC at UVic Vikes RFC (Wallace Field) 1:00pm

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