October 16, 2913, VICTORIA, BC (ISN) – Historic rivalries will take centre stage this Saturday in Victoria with both international and club rugby on tap for local spectators.
While the winner of the 2013 Americas Rugby Championship will be crowned Saturday evening in Langford, the South-Island region will also play host to a Victoria club derby between the Castaway Wanderers of Oak Bay and reigning Rounsefell Cup Champions James Bay Athletic Association.
Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – Sat. October 19th:
James Bay AA at Castaway Wanderers RFC (Windsor Park in Oak Bay) 1:00pm
Capilano RFC at UVic Vikes (Wallace Field) 1:00pm
UBCOB Ravens at Burnaby Lake (Burnaby Lake Sports Complex) 2:45pm
Vancouver Rowing Club at Meraloma Rugby Club (Connaught Park) 2:45pm
JBAA head into the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League clash with an 0-1 record after dropping their opener against Burnaby Lake by a score of 42-17. CW will be riding high off a narrow win over North Vancouver’s Capilano but will be testing their depth with several players away on national duty.
The series between the two sides is often referred to as the ‘100 Years War’ and although there have been close score lines to date, Jame Bay holds the upper hand having defeated CW nine out of their last 10 meetings in CDI province-wide competition.
The two sides met earlier in September’s Barnard Cup Inter-Island league play with JBAA posting a 22-16 result. The stakes are higher on Saturday, according to CW coach Ian Hyde-Lay with the eight-team competition now underway.
“Local bragging rights are always at stake every time,” Hyde-Lay said. “But with the move to the CDI competition, the games are most important in the latter context. With only four teams making the playoffs, each and every point, against each and every opponent is vital.”
With CW reps occupying spots on both national XVs and Sevens rosters, a number of new and young players have stepped up to fill the void according to Hyde-Lay.
“Prop John Braddock has been an excellent addition this season even though he was forced off with injury after only 14 minutes at Capilanos,” Hyde-Lay added. “Matt Buckley is also a vital cog and is slowly regaining fitness after surgery. Riley Ilnicki always leads the defensive effort.”
For reigning champs James Bay, the home opener will be a chance to rebound from a heavy opening round defeat.
“Both teams will have very different lineups from their VIRU encounter and how we match up is difficult to predict,” said JBAA head coach Peter Rushton. “Playing disciplined rugby and limiting turnovers will be major keys.”
The Bays will be captained by veteran Spencer Dalziel who will be guiding the squad in their quest for a record 24th Rounsefell Cup.
“Spencer’s on-field leadership and the athleticism of Vince Herlaar and Taylor Dalziel will be significant for the Bays,” Rushton added.
The two sides will scrum down at 1:00pm in the CDI Premier League clash at MacDonald Park with their First Division sides playing at 11:30am to accommodate the Americas Rugby Championship Fixtures at Westhills Stadium.
Across town, the UVic Vikes (1-0) will be at home to Capilano RFC (0-1). Meraloma Rugby Club (0-1) and Vancouver Rowing Club (0-1) will each be looking for their first wins of the season in Kitsilano. Burnaby Lake (1-0) will look to continue their winning ways when they face the UBCOB Ravens (1-0) in a clash that determines who stays top of the table.
CDI Premier League Head-to-Head (Last 10 meetings)
- Feb. 2013: James Bay 27 – 10 Castaway Wanderers
- Nov. 2012: James Bay 28 – 23 Castaway Wanderers
- Feb. 2012: James Bay 20 – 7 Castaway Wanderers
- Nov. 2011: James Bay 15 – 10 Castaway Wanderers
- April 2011: Castaway Wanderers 30 – 7 James Bay
- Feb. 2010: James Bay 34 – 19 Castaway Wanderers
- Feb. 2009: James Bay 35 – 7 Castaway Wanderers
- Feb. 2008: James Bay 32 – 8 Castaway Wanderers
- April 2008: James Bay 48 – 15 Castaway Wanderers (Semifinals)
- Feb. 2007: James Bay 29 – 10 Castaway Wanderers