Victoria, BC (ISN) – MacDonald Park fans were treated to a 11-try shootout on Saturday afternoon as the Vancouver Island champions James Bay Athletic Association defeated reigning Lower Mainland champs Capilano RFC by a score of 47-27 and held down top spot in the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League standings.
Capilano 27 – 47(+1) James Bay 47
James Bay (7-1) were down 24-15 at the break but held their Lower Mainland opponents try-less in the second half in today’s matchup between the Premier League’s top two teams. Canadian Sevens international and James Bay standout Connor Braid did the bulk of the damage contributing a try, two converts and a penalty for 12 points. Bays scrum half Spencer Dalziel crossed over twice with tallies also recorded by Zac Coughlan, Thyssen De Goede, Dan Harlow, Morgan Williams and Sean White. Capilano (6-2) missed out on the bonus point with their three tries coming courtesy of Mike Langley, Brady Carpenter and Cody Buchamer. The league’s leading scorer Matt Yanagiya kicked three converts and two penalties for 12 points. In Ceili’s Cup League Play (First Division), James Bay put an end to Capilano’s undefeated run, posting an 18-8 victory.
Abbotsford 8 – 17 Meraloma
Abbotsford RFC (0-7) came close to securing their first win of the 2012 Premier League season, going down 17-8 against Meraloma Rugby Club (3-4-1). Today’s outing was a massive improvement for the Fraser Valley based club, having previously lost 56-0 to Meraloma back on February 4th. Meraloma’s points came courtesy of a Bryan Tyrer conversion and tries from Dave Dick, Lynyrd Hall and Alex Boyd. The Lomas will be disappointed not to claim a bonus point but they continue close the gap with the top four in the Premier League standings.
Burnaby Lake 18 – 12(+1) UBCOB Ravens
Burnaby Lake moved to 6-1 after their close 18-12 win over the UBCOB Ravens (2-6) on Saturday. Gareth Morrey-Jones and Esava Nakulanisa both crossed over for Burnaby and Geoff Ryan tacked on two penalties and a convert for eight points. The UBCOB Ravens failed to cross over for a try, but losing within seven claimed a crucial bonus point. Sam Cameron notched all 12 of the Ravens’ points through four penalties. The Ravens now head into the bye week at 2-6 and will go back to the drawing board before facing table leaders James Bay at Jericho Park on March 17th.
Castaway Wanderers 74(+1) – 13 UVic Vikes
The reigning Rounsefell Cup champions Castaway Wanderers (5-2-1) ran riot at Wallace Field over a depleted UVic Vikes (1-7) lineup, coming away with a bonus point 74-13 victory. The students were without a number of their backs, who were competing at the National Invitational University Sevens at City Centre Park in Langford.
Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – Sat. March 3rd:
- Capilano RFC 27 – 47(+1) James Bay AA
- Abbotsford RFC 8 – 17 Meraloma Rugby Club
- Burnaby Lake Rugby Club 18 – 12(+1) UBCOB Ravens
- Castaway Wanderers RFC 74(+1) – 13 UVic Vikes RFC
Ceili’s Cup League (Tier 1 First Division) – Sat. March 3rd:
- Abbotsford RFC 19(+1) – 20 Meraloma Rugby Club
- Capilano RFC 8 – 18 James Bay AA
- Burnaby Lake 72 – 0 UBCOB Ravens
- CW vs Uvic Norsemen result not reported
Women’s Adidas Premiership – Sat. March 3rd:
- Meraloma Rugby Club 15 – 30(+1) Capilano RFC
- Velox Valkyries 46(+1) – 0 Bayside RFC
- Burnaby Lake Rugby Club 53(+1) – 0 SFU