Story and photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN
September 2, 2013 Langford, BC (ISN) – The BC Bears and Atlantic Rock took to Westhills Stadium on Monday evening both looking to bounce back from disappointing defeats on Friday night in the Canadian Rugby Championship. It would be the Bears that came out on top with an impressive 40-18 win.
The Bears, who improved their record to 1-2 on the season, can look to a break out game from Pat Kay and improved play at the breakdowns as the keys to Monday’s victory.
BC Bear’s Aaron Flagg (yellow jersey) and Atlantic Rock’s Kyle Baillie take to the air during CRC action at Westhills Stadium on Monday evening. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Rock’s Robert Wilson hops to avoid the tackle of BC’s Sean Ferguson during CRC action on Monday evening. Wilson would score a try and a penalty kick but it wasn’t enough as the Bears romped to a 40-18 win. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
“We really focused on cleaning up the ruck area and making sure we gave some clean ball for our back line. With the short turn around I am so impressed with how the guys performed, the impact from the bench was a huge difference out there” remarked a happy Ken Goodland after the match.
Kay slotted into the #10 position and took over the kicking duties after Connor Braid went down to injury in Friday night’s hard-hitting affair with the Ontario Blues. Kay took full advantage of the opportunity, making numerous slashing runs through the Rock defense as well has using his boot to full advantage.
Chris Chalmers of the BC Bears battles to break free of the grip of Atlantic Rock defenders during Monday evening’s CRC tilt at Westhils Stadium in Langford, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
“It was a massive improvement and really impressive to see the depth we had after the injuries in the last game. I felt comfortable at #10 and I was hitting my kicks in warm up so I was confident going in.” was the way Kay summed up the team and his performance on the night.
Kay, who opened up an early 9-0 lead for the Bears with three consecutive penalty kicks, added a drop goal and four conversions for a 20-point performance and ISN’s vote for Man of the Match.
Pat Kay would add this drop goal to 4 conversions and 3 penatly kicks to finish the night with 20 points and lead his BC Bears to a 40-18 victory over the Atlantic Rock in CRC play. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Bear’s Clayton Meeres cuts back inside on the Rock’s Matt Heaton during CRC action at Westhils Stadium. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
A concerted effort from the Bears forward pack saw much improved play at the break down which lead to a more cohesive attacking game and four tries on the night.
“We knew if we were much more aggressive and assertive at the break down we would create opportunity for our back three” commented head coach Jim Dixon.
Joe Dolesau of the BC Bears breaks to the outside to avoid the tackle from the Atlantic Rock defenders. Dolesau set up the games first try and would add a try of his own in the Bears 40-18 win. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The always-steady Joe Dolesau broke through the Rock defenders and down the wing before off loading to the speedy Sean Ferguson for BC’s first try. Clayton Meeres would add the second BC try taking pass from Kay and dotting down to put Bears up 23-5.
The second half saw Luke Campbell come into the game and make the most of his big frame to score the Bears third try of the night. Dolesau would add the fourth try breaking free of the Rock tacklers and sprinting across the line uncontested.
Luke Campbell plunges over the line to give the BC Bears a commanding lead over the Atlantic Rock during Monday evening’s CRC match at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Joe Dolesau darts over the line for the final try of the game as the BC Bears downed the Atlantic Rock 40-18. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Rock were lead by Robert Wilson with a try and penalty kick with Zach Coughlan and Toni Wodzicki each scoring tries.
Robert Wison dives across the try line to put the Atlantic Rock on the scoreboard. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Atlantic Rock were unable to contain Scott McKay and the BC Bears as they ran away with a 40-18 victory. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Bears have a short break before heading to Ontario on September 14 to battle the Blues then finish out the CRC in against the Prairie Wolfpack in Edmonton on September 21.