November 3, 2012, WHITE ROCK – Burnaby Lake Rugby Club ended a three-game losing skid on Saturday with an emphatic 52-0 win over Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League new comers Bayside Sharks.

 

Since defeating Oak Bay’s Castaway Wanderers in week one action, Burnaby had dropped three straight including a narrow 20-19 loss at the hands of James Bay last Saturday at MacDonald Park.

Today’s win saw Burnaby benefit from the wet conditions as they controlled the match with their forwards. Front row standout and Pacifc Tyee prop Anthony Luca was Burnaby’s top player according to their Director of Rugby Simon Smoldon.

“Luca made great decisions throughout the game and was without a doubt our man of the match,” Smoldon said. “When he had the ball he kept his legs driving, he ran well and and he scored a try for us.”

Burnaby were ahead 28-0 at the break and when Bayside’s play caller Pete Clifford went down injured two minutes into the second half, Burnaby kept rolling and notched an additional 24 points.

“Our pack was strong and we played closer to our strengths than we have in our last few games,” Smoldon added. “When they lost Clifford we knew they weren’t going to come back from that.”

New additions to this year’s squad also played a big part in the win as Craig McLaughlin scored on his Premier League debut, with strong showings also coming from Matt Alexander and Benoit Piffero.

The win sees Burnaby climb two places in the standings with a 2-3 record, as they leap Bayside (2-5) in the standings. Up next, Burnaby will scrum down against Meraloma Rugby Club (5-1) at Connaught Park on November 17th.

Around the league…

In a rematch of last year’s Rounsfell Cup Final at Klahanie Park, reigning champs Capilano (5-2) again came out on top with a 27-6 win over James Bay (3-2) . Meraloma took Vancouver’s West Side derby spoils with a 28-10 win over UBCOB Ravens (1-4-1). The Castaway Wanderers (2-3-1) defeated star-studded UVic (3-3) by a score of 30-26.

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