Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
May 20, 2014 Victoria, BC (ISN) –The Castaway Wanders RFC defeated a visiting Wales side in a friendly rugby test by a score of 28-10 Tuesday evening at Windsor Park in Oak Bay.
Bedlinog RFC would struggle to hold down the Wanderers sideline sprints, loosing 28-10 in the friendly test – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Bedlinog Football Club, on a North American tour, made tour-specific, their visit to Windsor Park to play on the home field that soon to be inducted Canadian Sports Hall of Famer and CW Alumni Gareth Rees used to play on before representing Canada internationally and later a professional career of rugby.
Sidelines filled with enthusiastic crowds, looked on intently trying to assess the unknown skill of the visiting side. It was evident from the opening kickoff that the Wanderers were not go to play gracious host and hand the Welsh team a “mulligan”. The Wanderers, noticeably larger along the front row, would start to slow Bedlinog early with punishing hits.
Castaways take the line out ball uncontested – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Welsh side would strike first with a game-opening try early in the game. CW would take advantage of some poor ball handling, forcing turnovers that would give the Wanderers good field position and the running room to set up the next two trys to go up 14-5 at halftime.
Players from the Wales side converge on the loose ball after an attempted Wanderers pass – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In true”Friendly” fashion, both team pose togther at the end of the match – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The touring Welsh team, noticeably flustered by the stifling defensive tackles and the referee’s non-calls, would find a hole in the Wanderers wall to pull to within four points on a try that just crossed the line on the outstretched arm of player #99. The Wanderers would put the game away on two consecutive trys , finding room on the wings to run in the ball for enough points to steal away the victory from the red and black visiting side.