Wanderers Squeak By Burnaby Lake

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With Photos by Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)

(ISN) – The Castaway Wanderers hold down second place and sit four back of first place James Bay after a 24-20 win over Burnaby Lake on Saturday.

Burnaby Lake 20(+1) – 24(+1) Castaway Wanderers RFC

In this week’s top-four clash, Burnaby (6-2) came up just short against the reigning Premier League champions Castaway Wanderers (6-2-1). With the win, CW now holds down second place and sits four points back of table leaders James Bay. Canada’s World Cup fly half Ander Monro returned to Premier League play with a try and kicked two converts for a total of nine points for CW. Mozac Samson crossed over for two tries and Dylan Jones also dotted down for CW. Burnaby Lake’s tries were recorded by Jeke Gotegote and Admir Cejvanovic. Burnaby kicker Geoff Ryan contributed 10 points through two conversions and two penalties. Burnaby will now prepare to host James Bay at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex next Saturday, March 24th.
 

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Burnaby Lakers were guilty of taking a few liberties on the Castaway Wanders like the high tackle shown here – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )


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Matt Buckley 

tries to break through the tackle of Esava Nakalanisa of the Lakers – Image by Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca




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Gord Kehoe, of the tri-color Wanders, gets the upper hand on the ball on this line out – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
 

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The Wanders would run through the Lakers defense in the second half on route to a 24-20 “come from behind” win during match play Saturday afternoon at Windsor Park – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allposrtmedia.ca )


Meralomas keep playoff hopes alive with narrow victory over Capilano

Capilano RFC 12(+1) – 18 Meraloma Rugby Club

The Meralomas (4-4-1) went into today’s matchup knowing a loss could have ended any hopes of them advancing to the postseason. The defensive battle opened up half way through the opening frame when Meraloma flanker Josh Clarke finished off several phases, crashing over in the far corner. Lomas fly half and BC provincial team standout Bryan Tyrer slotted the difficult conversion to put his side up 7-0 at the break.

The second half opened with Tyrer kicking a penalty to put the home side up 10-0. The final 20 minutes saw Capilano (6-3) find their footing where they managed to break the Lomas defence as Jesse Ryan and Robbie McCall both crossed over for tries. The league’s leading scorer, Matt Yanagiya tacked on a conversion to round out Capilano’s scoring.

Tyrer would add another penalty to make the score 13-12 for the Lomas. In the final minutes Meraloma were grinding their way up the field, and after being held wave after wave, scrum half Greg Perih finally crashed through in the far corner. Tyrer was accurate with his conversion attempt, but the kick struck the cross bar and bounced back into the Caps’ 22. Final score 18-12 for Meralomas.

“Capilano came out and played the way we thought they would,” Tyrer said after the game. “The game was all about defence. We had several opportunities to score but their defence held us out and their clearance kicking really prevented us from getting for more points.”

“This season has been really tough for us right from the start but we are building from week to week,” said Meraloma coach Pat Fleck. “Next week we have the Castaway Wanderers, and if we can keep performing against the top four teams we will continue to close in on that final playoff spot.”

Next week Meraloma is on the road to the Castaway Wanderers at Windsor Park and Capilano will be home to the UVic Vikes.

UVic Vikes 20(+1) – 25 Abbotsford RFC

Abbotsford RFC (1-7) posted their first win in Premier League play since returning to the province’s top flight when they handed the UVic Vikes (1-8) a 25-20 loss on Saturday. Abby are still bottom of the table but are closing in on the UBCOB Ravens who are now just four points ahead of them in the standings. Abby’s tries came courtesy of Shea Bourquin, Brodie Henderson and Graeme MacRury. Chris Pack added two converts and two penalties to round out the scoring for Abbotsford.

Burnaby Lake 20(+1) – 24(+1) Castaway Wanderers RFC

In this week’s top-four clash, Burnaby (6-2) came up just short against the reigning Premier League champions Castaway Wanderers (6-2-1). With the win, CW now holds down second place and sits four points back of table leaders James Bay. Canada’s World Cup fly half Ander Monro returned to Premier League play with a try and kicked two converts for a total of nine points for CW. Mozac Samson crossed over for two tries and Dylan Jones also dotted down for CW. Burnaby Lake’s tries were recorded by Jeke Gotegote and Admir Cejvanovic. Burnaby kicker Geoff Ryan contributed 10 points through two conversions and two penalties. Burnaby will now prepare to host James Bay at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex next Saturday, March 24th.

James Bay AA 32(+1) – 13 UBCOB Ravens RFC

With today’s 32-13 win over the UBCOB Ravens (2-7), James Bay (8-1) have now won five straight matches. Sands Falk crossed over twice for the Bays and tries also came courtesy of Dan Harlow and JT Rowbotham. James Bay’s Connor Braid had an impressive kicking display, contributing 12 points through three conversions and two penalties. Garner Lea scored the Ravens’ only try and Canadian World Cup standout Ed Fairhurst slotted a convert and two penalties. Next week the Ravens are at home to Abbotsford RFC.

Saturday Scoreboard

 

Ceili’s Cup League (Tier 1 First Division) – Sat. March 17th:

UVic Norsemen 36(+1) – 13 Abbotsford RFC

Capilano RFC 32(+1) – 20 Meraloma Rugby Club

Burnaby Lake 15 – 28(+1) Castaway Wanderers

James Bay AA 17 – 15(+1) UBCOB Ravens RFC

 

Women’s Adidas Premiership – Sat. March 17th:

Bayside RFC 29 – 5 Capilano RFC

Meraloma Rugby Club 5 – 25 Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

SFU Rugby 12 – 26(+1) UVic Vikes 

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