by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications – Photos by Glenn Ivens (ISN)
January 26,2013 Victoria, BC – As promised, the Dunbar Keg Men’s U20 fixture between Vancouver and reigning champions Vancouver Island lived up to its billing with 10 tries recorded over the span of 80 minutes.
Boasting a bruising forward pack that dictated much of the game, Vancouver took a 22-7 advantage into the break and held off a resilient come back from their hosts in the final minutes.
Island Tides Fergus Hall gets wrapped up by the Vancouer Waves tacklers during play in the opening leg of the Dunbar Keg at Westhills Stadium in Langford. Hall would record a pair of converts along with a penalty kick in the 34-27 loss. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Isaac Kay opened the scoring for the Tide with Fergus Hall providing the extras for a 7-0 lead. Vancouver then recorded four unanswered tries through Neil Courtney, Charlie Thorpe, Connor Weyell and Brian Murphy. The fourth try was a clear indication that the bounces were going Vancouver’s way when a grubber into their opponents try zone was missed by the full back and Murphy was there to pounce on the five points. Liam Murphy-Burke kicked the conversion and put the team up 22-7.
Sean Hickson of the Vancouver Wave U20’s dives across the line for the try early in the 2nd half, putting his team up by 15 points over the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide. The Tide would mount a 2nd half push back but came up just short in a 34-27 loss. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The second half saw Vancouver centre Sean Hickson score in the 41st minute to extend their lead to 27-12.
Island Tide’s Tua Vaa looks to knock the ball free from Vancouver Wave’s Jordan Reid-Harvey during opening leg of the BCRU Dunbar Cup at Westhills Stadium in Langford. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Tide would then go on a three-try run with scores from John Larimer, Nathan Yanagiya and Crosby Stewart to close the gap to 22-27. Vancouver’s speedy prop Courtney would provide the insurance marker with a 70th minute try, however, taking the momentum back for the visitors. Hall would pull back a penalty for the Island Tide in the 78th minute to make it a one score game, but the clock ran out and the win went to Vancouver.
Jordan Reid-Harvey (in blue) had a strong game for the Vancouver Wave U20’s as they downed the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide U20’s 34-27 at Langford’s Westhills Stadium on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)