Burnaby Lake blanks Rowers in Premier League play



April 5 ISN -BURNABY, BC – Top-ranked Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League club

Burnaby Lake (12-1) stretched their win streak to nine games on Saturday

afternoon, downing no.7 Vancouver Rowing Club by a score of 29-0.


Vancouver Rowing Club 0 – 29(+1) Burnaby Lake

Capilano RFC 7 – 43(+1) James Bay AA

UBCOB Ravens 29(+1) – 24(+2) UVic Vikes

Meraloma 17 – 34(+1) Castaway Wanderers

Having already locked up first place and a home semifinal match, Burnaby

didn’t miss a beat, hitting their stride after a 10-0 half time score to

punch in another three tries for the bonus point as they dropped the Rowers

to 5-8 on the season. Burnaby have remained focused down the stretch as they

continue their drive towards the playoffs.

“It was wet weather rugby and we wore them down at the end,” said Burnaby

Lake Director of Rugby Simon Smoldon. “I think our depth showed and we are

very fortunate right now to have a lot of numbers. The Rowers did a lot of

tackling and I think they were fatigued.”

League-leading scorer Geoff Ryan notched the first points with a penalty

early in the first half, putting his side up 3-0. Played in heavy rain, the

clash saw little scoring until just before half time when Burnaby centre

James Reekie found space and darted through the defence for a try. Ryan

added the extras and Burnaby led 10-0 at the break.

“We weren’t able to play the expansive style we like to play but I think

we’ve shown throughout the year that we can play in pretty much anything,”

said Burnaby Captain Anthony Luca of the conditions.

Burnaby’s next tries came courtesy of full back Cole McQueen and winger Matt

Alexander. Ryan converted both scores for a 24-0 lead.

As the Rowers defence began to falter, Burnaby recorded their fourth try in

the closing minutes. A deep kick into the Rowers’ half was kicked out by

their winger under pressure and Burnaby pounced on the opportunity. A quick

line out was thrown into Reekie who sliced through the defence and

off-loaded to a rumbling Luca. The Captain took down two tacklers before

off-loading to back rower Gurvinder Kalar who crashed over for the bonus

point score.

Burnaby will now set their sights on the April 12th regular season finale

when they head to the North Shore to take on the only team to blemish their

near perfect record.

“No one is thinking about the playoffs yet. We’ve still got a big battle

against Capilano and it’s an important game to us because they’re the only

guys who beat us this year,” added Luca. “They beat us in a bit of a dog

fight and we’re looking forward to heading over there.”

Capilano (7-6) will be looking to bounce back next week after suffering a

43-7 loss to reigning Rounsefell Cup champions James Bay AA (9-4) on

Saturday. The loss dropped Capilano to fourth place as they now trail no.3

Castaway Wanderers (8-5) by two points in the standings.

CW were convincing winners at home, producing a 34-7 bonus point win over

Meraloma (0-13). The Oak Bay-based outfit are currently holding down third

in the standings which could mean a semifinal clash with Island rivals James

Bay instead of traveling to Burnaby in the playoffs. The UBCOB Ravens

produced an impressive 29-24 bonus point victory over the UVic Vikes (5-7)

at Wallace Field. The Ravens still trail Capilano by five points, however,

heading into the final round of games. Ravens and Capilano split their

2013-14 series with a win a piece.

Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – Sat. April 12th:

Burnaby Lake at Capilano RFC (Klahanie Park) 2:45pm

James Bay AA at Meraloma Rugby Club (Connaught Park) 2:45pm

Castaway Wanderers at UBCOB Ravens (Jericho Park) 2:45pm

Vancouver Rowing Club at UVic Vikes (Wallace Field) 2:45pm

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