James Bay rugby

Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

November 23, 2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The James Bay Bays premier rugby team climbed a little closer the top of the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League standings by defeating the Vancouver Rowing Club 29-8 at MacDonald Park Saturday afternoon.

The Bays would rebound after last weekend’s 14-7 loss to the sixth place Capilanos with a strong effort against the visiting team from Vancouver.

James Bays Mike Nieuwenhuysen jumps on this ball for the Bays first try of the game. Nieuwenhuysen would score both of his trys in the first half – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Both teams would take some time in the first half to heat up on a chilly afternoon, as fans jokingly looked to consuming beer to keep warm. James Bay would jump out front first on sideline scoring runs by Mike Nieuwenhuysen. Nieuwenhuysen would score two trys for his Bays side before the Rowing Club could counter, sending Billy Newman across the line to put five points on the board for the Rowers side.

Bays Jordan Wilson-Ross, always dangerous on the wing, splits two Vancouver Rowing Club tacklers – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

James Bay put the hammer down in the second. Demonstrating a complete game, the Bays defensive play would hold off any Vancouver threat, other than a successful penalty kick, while erupting for four trys in the second half by Nolan Miles, Clayton Meeres, Connor McCann and team Canada member Jordan Wilson-Ross.

Connor McCann takes on the Rower tackle – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

With the win, James Bay also retained the Cox Cup. The storied Cox Cup is a challenge cup between the Vancouver Rowing Club and the James Bay premier side. The Cox Cup, in competition for about 100 years, is one of the oldest challenge trophies in North America according to VRC.

Canadian team and Bays member Sean White, looking like he is summoning the rugby gods, eyes up the posts for the extra points – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Bays Prem side now sits in third place on bonus points with only the University of Victoria and Burnaby Lake ahead of the Bays. The Bays next test will be away against Burnaby Lake RFC, March 22nd at 2:45 in premier division action.