Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
The JBAA Bays took on the Burnaby Lake RFC in a rare home and home series on Saturday. A victory would secure home field advantage for the Bays in the playoffs.
The Bays who used the boot of Connor Braid to defeat Burnaby Lake 21-15 last weekend, welcomed back Canadian 7’s players John Moonlight and Sean White from their Qualifier Championship win at the Hong Kong 7’s.
JBAA’s Sean White chips a ball through as teammate Dan Harlow gets set to give chase during CDI Premier Rugby action on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
John Moonlight added a pair of tries in his return to the Bays line up. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The teams battled hard in the first half and despite Burnaby Lake holding the majority of ball control it was JBAA who scored first when Moonlight crossed the line for a 5-0 lead. Braid would send a penalty kick through the uprights to put the home team up 8-0. Burnaby Lake pushed hard but was unable to break through the JBAA defence. They did manage to break the goose egg off a penalty kick by Rory McDonnell.
Burnaby Lake’s Joe Dolesau looks for some open field against the JBAA Bays on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The first half ended 8-3 and JBAA would now half to defend against the wind and the slope.
Whatever kinks the Bays had in the first half were worked out and they put together some solid phases and added to their lead when Moonlight added his second try on the day to put them up 13-3.
Burnaby Lake would counter with a drop goal from McDonnell to cut the lead to 13-6 but that was quickly answered back when Nolan Miles, who was a thorn in the side of Burnaby Lake all day, crossed the line for the Bays putting them up by 12.
Nolen Miles does his best to spark the Bays to another victory. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Burnaby Lake would finally break through for a try from Joe Dolesau that was converted by McDonnell to tighten the gap to 18-11. Again JBAA would answer back quickly when JT Rowbotham pushed his way over the line to restore the 12 point lead.
Bay’s Luke Tait dishes the ball during CDI Premier Rugby action at McDonald Park on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
JBAA Luke Tait would round out the scoring late with a try of his own bring the game to a close with a strong team effort securing the Bays a 28-13 win and home field advantage for the playoffs.
The Bays are next in action April 14 when they travel to mainland to take on cellar dwelling Abbotsford.
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