Sept 22,2014(ISN) – It’s been a season full of adversity for the BC Bears, but on Sunday they were finally able to gain a modicum of redemption with a 26-20 victory of the Atlantic Rock.

September in St. John’s, Newfoundland, meant blustery conditions, as both teams struggled to control the ball. Knock-ons and scrums were the order of the day, with the Rock holding a slight edge in the scrums overall.

The Bears led wire-to-wire, and while the Rock threatened to take the lead on several occasions, the Bears consistently had a response.

Toni Pomroy made an outstanding run for the Rock at the 18 minute mark, but his grubber kick into goal was desperately recovered by the Bears. Only moments later, it was Bears centre Nathan Yanagiya picking up the last of a string of passes to sneak across the line for the game’s opening try.

After a Ciaran Hearn penalty to bring the score to 5-3, the Bears made the most of a McNichols clearance kick on the full, which brought the ball back near the Rock’s 22m line. After the line-out, Brock Staller opened up the defence and prop Cody McLary rumbled over the try line to increase the Bear’s lead to 12-3 and putting some distance between themselves and the Rock at half time.

The second half opened with a highlight reel tackle by Frank Walsh. Give Sean Ferguson credit for getting up following the big hit by Walsh, but Ferguson will still be feeling it on the long coast-to-coast flight back home.

After a line out, Toni Pomroy went for a long run across the field, spreading the Bears defence very thin, before successfully finding Charles DeBove in ample space. DeBove was able to score easily to bring the Rock to within a score at 12-8.

Less than two minutes later, the Bears moved quickly up the field and created pressure only 5m from the try line. The Rock defence anxiously pilled into the ruck, but overcommitted players, which allowed the Bears to spin the ball out to an unmarked Pat Kay. He dotted down for 5 and added the conversion.

In the 70th minute Bryan Tyrer showed quick feet, danced through the tackle line and dished to Jordan Sandover-Best. His try would hold up as the game winner.

Mike Hamson and Adam Paul showed that the Atlantic Rock would not quit, adding home-crowd pleasing tries in the 75th and 80th minutes respectively to round out the scoring at 26-20.

The BC Bears (2-4) finished the CRC season in third place with 10 points.

The full highlight package is available here

Club rugby season entered its third weekend.

Burnaby Lake, Capilano, UVic and James Bay were winners in pre-season premiership fixtures, while Richmond and Seattle had impressive outings in the Okanagan Spring Brewery League 1 & 2. Brit Lions were involved in a classic Div 3 matchup against Kats which ended 22-21 in favour of Kats. In women’s Premier rugby, wide margins of victory were recorded by Cowichan, Velox, Abbotsford and SFU. The Div 1 games were much closer with UBC Okanagan edging Kamloops 21-20 and United topping Meraloma 29-19.

CDI Premier League, Mainland Cup
2:45pm home Burnaby Lake 36
visitors Vancouver Rowing Club 24
2:45pm home UBC Thunderbirds 7
visitors Capilano 24
Ceili’s Cup League, Mainland Cup
1pm home Burnaby Lake 26
visitors Vancouver Rowing Club 17
1pm home UBC 18
visitors Capilano 25
Okanagan Spring Brewery League 1
2:30pm home Langley 10
visitors Richmond 36
2:30pm home Meraloma 17
visitors Seattle 48
2:30pm home Surrey 28
visitors Abbotsford 25
2:30pm home United 10
visitors Bayside 45
Okanagan Spring Brewery League 2
1pm home Langley 7
visitors Richmond 22
1pm home Meraloma 0
visitors Seattle 76
1pm home Surrey 22
visitors Abbotsford 49
1pm home United 38
visitors Bayside 28
Vancouver Island Barnard Cup
2:45pm home UVic Vikes 62
away Castaway Wanderers 17
2:45pm home Velox Valhallians 14
visitors James Bay AA 38
Vancouver Island Times Cup
1pm home Cowichan 43
visitors Port Alberni 17
1pm home UVic Norsemen
visitors Castaway Wanderers
1pm home Velox Academy 29
visitors James Bay 34
3rd Division
11:30am home Brit Lions 21
visitors Kats 22
11:00am home Burnaby Lake 5
visitors Vancouver Rowing Club 40
11:30am home Surrey 29
visitors Abbotsford 38
11:30am home UBC 42
visitors Capilano A 15
1pm home Chilliwack 35
visitors Capilano B 22
1pm home Kamloops 37
visitors SFU 25
1pm home Kelowna 40
visitors Ridge Meadows 21
1pm home Scribes 62
visitors Richmond 0
Women’s Regional Competition Vancouver Island
11:30am home Cowichan 47
visitors Comox 17
11:30am home Velox 53
visitors Nanaimo 5
Womens’ Regional Competition Mainland – Premier
11:30am home Burnaby Lake 7
visitors Abbotsford 53
11:30am home SFU 71
visitors Bayside 7
Women’s Regional Competition Mainland – Div 1
11:30am home Meraloma 19
visitors United 29
11:30am home UBC Okanagan 21
visitors Kamloops 20
Women’s Div 2
11:00am at Brit Lions Brit Lions 38
Langley 0
11:30am at Brit Lions Brit Lions 33
Chilliwack 0
12:00pm at Brit Lions Chilliwack 0
Langley 10
11:00am at Burnaby Burnaby 0
Abbostford 65
11:30am at Burnaby Seattle 17
Abbostford 29
12:00pm at Burnaby Burnaby 0
Seattle 60