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
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