Vancouver and Fraser Valley to face off in McKechnie Cup

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June 10,2014(ISN) – LANGLEY, BC – Vancouver and Fraser Valley’s senior men’s representative
teams will scrum down on Saturday afternoon in a match that will determine
the 2014 McKechnie Cup winner.

Both sides have defeated Vancouver Island Crimson Tide in the first two rounds of competition, setting up a series
decider at Langley¹s Crush Crescent Park.

Defending champions Fraser Valley haven¹t lost a match since the competition
was brought back in 2013. First contested for in 1896, the McKechnie Cup is
an inter-union competition played between Vancouver, Fraser Valley and
Vancouver Island. The competition is used as a selection platform, filling
the gap between club and provincial rugby. This year¹s competition is being
used as the final selection tool ahead of the BC Bears tour to Argentina and
Uruguay in July.

ROUND THREE – MATCH DETAILS:

BC Rugby Cups Competitions

Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014

Vancouver at Fraser Valley

Location: Crush Crescent (21280 Crush Crescent, Langley)

Kickoff Times:

11:00am (Women¹s) Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup

1:00pm (Men¹s Under-20) Dunbar Keg

3:00pm (Men¹s) McKechnie Cup

Vancouver jumped out to an early lead versus Vancouver Island on June 7th,
but their defence struggled down the stretch as they saw the visitors run in
three late tries in a 25-22 nail-biter. Caleb Hansen (Vancouver Rowing Club)
scored two tries and Sean Ferguson (UBC Thunderbirds) also went over to
score. Bryan Tyrer¹s (UBC Thunderbirds) boot proved the difference as he
notched two conversions and a pair of penalties in the win. It wasn¹t the
most polished performance but it was enough for Vancouver to get the victory
in their first outing as a full squad.

³When we moved the ball wide and played with a high tempo, I thought we
looked good,² said Vancouver head coach Dean Murten. ³When we lost Connor
Hamilton (Canada U20 Captain) early in the game it disrupted the line out. I
would like to see that improve along with our contact skills. The biggest
part of the game that we must get better at is getting off the line and
making some tackles.²

Vancouver will face the defending champs on Saturday, a team dotted with
provincial team reps who featured recently in BC¹s 125th Anniversary Fixture
versus Canada on May 31.

³The Valley will have some big, strong ball carriers, so we must come
forward and close down the time and space,² Murten added. ³They have a great
pack and a back line that will score tries if we don¹t apply pressure.²

Fraser Valley could see the return of BC reps Anthony Luca (Burnaby Lake
RC), Scott MacKay (Burnaby Lake RC), Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby Lake RC), and
Joe Dolesau (Burnaby Lake RC) who were all unavailable for their May 25th
opener.

A win for Vancouver this weekend would see the rep program lift the
McKechnie Cup for the first time since 2001. Fraser Valley are currently
two-time defending champions.

Saturday¹s triple-header will get underway at 11:00am with a Ruth
Hellerud-Brown Cup senior women¹s clash at Crush Crescent. Like the U20
Dunbar Keg, the women¹s competition has already seen Vancouver Island
crowned provincial champs on June 7th. The U20 clash is set for 1:00pm with
the McKechnie Cup title decider set for 3:00pm.

NOTE: Rosters to be posted by Friday, 12:00pm on www.bcrugby.com

June 14 Match Officials:

McKechnie: Ref Sherry Trumbull, AR¹s Michael Jones and Trevor Honey

Ruth Hellerud-Brown: Ref Jivian Dhaliwal, AR¹s Nia Parsonage and Sean
Dingley

Dunbar Keg U20: Ref Mike Jones, AR¹s Trevor Honey and Sean Dingley

June 7 Cups Results:

McKechnie Cup (Senior Men): Vancouver Island 22 – 25 Vancouver

Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup (Senior Women): Vancouver Island 43 – 20 Vancouver

Dunbar Keg (Under-20 Men): Vancouver Island 12 – 7 Vancouver

May 25 Cups Results:

McKechnie Cup (Senior Men): Fraser Valley 29 – 16 Vancouver Island

Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup (Senior Women): Fraser Valley 12 – 24 Vancouver
Island

Dunbar Keg (Under-20 Men): Fraser Valley 12 – 78 Vancouver Island

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