Rowers upset Capilano in Premier League round three

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October 26, 2013, WEST VANCOUVER (ISN) – Newly-promoted Vancouver Rowing Club secured their second Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League victory on Saturday afternoon when they downed Capilano RFC by a score of 25-22 at Klahanie park.

The win moved the Rowers to 2-1 and dropped 2013 semifinalists Capilano to 0-3.

Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – Sat. October 26th:

  • Meraloma Rugby Club 0 – 49(+1) UBCOB Ravens
  • Vancouver Rowing Club 25 – 22(+1) Capilano RFC
  • UVic Vikes 38(+2) – 45(+1) James Bay AA
  • Burnaby Lake 30(+1) – 10 Castaway Wanderers RFC

The Rowers struggled in the set piece losing several line outs and scrums to a heavier Capilano pack, but their back line stepped up contributing a trio of tries, including a late score to secure the win. In the final phase of the game, Capilano took a quick tap penalty and after setting up with a ruck just inside the five-metre line, spun it wide where it was knocked on and the whistle went.

“I’m enormously proud of today’s effort by our players. To take on a top four side and win like that takes a whole team effort,” said Rowers head coach Jeremy Sabell. “We stepped up to the best of our abilities.”

Capilano prop Shawn Wilson scored two quick tries and with a penalty from Matt Simms and conversion by Matt Yanagiya, the home side looked to be well in control in the early minutes.

The Rowers would chip away at the lead with a penalty from Darren Harris and a try from Caleb Hansen that Harris then converted. Doug Crowe would add a drop goal to make it 15-13.

Capilano came out firing after the break and after their forwards pick and drove the ball inside the Rowers 22, they spun it wide where eventually winger Brady Carpenter stretched out and slammed the ball down for the score. With another conversion from Yanagiya, it was 22-13.

A yellow card to Capilano outside centre Adam Zaruba would prove costly as the Rowers capitalized on the advantage with a number of points.

The Rowers kept pace with a try from power sub Karl Mudzamba who found space down the wing and ran in from the 22 for the score. Henry Recinos tacked on the conversion and the Rowers were trailing 22-20.

With just a few minutes left on the clock, the Rowers sprinted three quarters of the field through the Capilano defence and David Andersen went in for the winning try.

The home side would get one more chance and after an injury delay they had a penalty at the five metre line. Capilano went for the tap and go, but after their forwards were camped inches from the try line, they spun it wide and knocked it on.

“We didn’t know what to expect from [Capilano],” admitted Sabell who says the Rowers are still finding their footing in the Premier League competition after spending two seasons in the Okanagan Spring Brewery League. “Right now we don’t know the strengths of other teams and we can only focus on ourselves right now and getting better every week. There are still improvements to make and as I said at the beginning of the season, we have to take it one game at a time.”

Elsewhere in Premier League play, Burnaby Lake (3-0) downed Castaway Wanderers (1-2) to remain as the only undefeated in the competition. Reigning Rounsefell Cup champions James Bay (2-1) held off a resurgent UVic (2-1) in a 45-38 shootout. In Vancouver’s West Side derby, the UBCOB Ravens (2-1) were convincing winners in a

49-0 victory over Meraloma (0-3).

November 2nd will feature a pair of Premier League fixtures on the Mainland with UVic away to Vancouver Rowing Club and Capilano at Burnaby Lake. The Island will also play host to a pair of match ups with Meraloma at James Bay and the UBCOB Ravens away to Castaway Wanderers.