November 16, 2013, VANCOUVER, BC (ISN) – After a slow 0-3 start to the 2013-14 Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League, Capilano RFC moved to 2-3 on Saturday afternoon with their second straight win over a top-ranked team.
Capilano were resilient in their defence, holding no.2 James Bay to just a single try and defeated the reigning Rounsefell Cup champions 14-7.
Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – Sat. November 16th:
Burnaby Lake 47(+1) – 19 Vancouver Rowing Club
Castaway Wanderers 35(+1) – 34(+2) Meraloma
UVic VIkes 22 – 18(+1)UBCOB Ravens
James Bay AA 7(+1) – 14 Capilano RFC
Having defeated no.1 Burnaby Lake back on November 2nd, Capilano now sit in sixth place with a 2-3 record.
“For us to front up and take down the two top teams in back-to-back games says a lot about our character and where this team can go,” said Capilano head coach Tom Larisch. “We held on to the ball really well today and we starved them of possession.”
After a scoreless opening 20 minutes featuring some staunch defending, Capilano were first on the board through a penalty from full back Matt Sims.
The hosts would benefit from the return of their Canadian Maple Leafs winger Adam Zaruba who put Capilano up 8-0 soon after, sprinting down the far touch line to dot down in the corner.
In the second half Sims would tack on another penalty for Capilano, putting his side up 11-0 before James Bay answered back.
Bays fly half Conor McCann would kick a penalty to put his side on the board.
James Bay winger Mitch Bancroft produced an impressive solo effort shortly after, breaking free in the midfield and sprinting a third of the pitch to touch down under the posts. McCann’s conversion made it 7-11 as James Bay kept the match close.
Capilano then began to build momentum and kept the Bays pinned in their own half for several phases in the final 10 minutes. Eventually James Bay were penalized inside their own 22 and Capilano’s Sims slotted the three points to secure the win.
“For the amount of pressure they sucked up, James Bay really did a lot to stay in the game,” Larisch added.
The loss now drops James Bay to third in the standings with a 3-2 record as they trail the no.2 UVic Vikes by a single bonus point.
Around the League
The no.1 ranked Burnaby Lake (4-1) bounced back from defeat with a convincing 47-19 bonus point victory over Vancouver Rowing Club (3-2). Meraloma (0-5) nearly captured their first win of the season but Castaway Wanderers (2-3) kicked a crucial penalty in the dying minutes to steal the win 35-34. Just down the road at Jericho Park, the no.2 UVic Vikes fought their way back in a tough matchup against the no.4 UBCOB Ravens (3-2) eventually defeating the hosts 22-18. Next Saturday will feature the final round of Premier League matches. Burnaby Lake will travel to Connaught Park for a clash with Meraloma and the UBCOB Ravens will host the surging Capilano. Victoria will play host to a pair of matches with UVic at home to Castaway Wanderers and James Bay at home to Vancouver Rowing Club.