Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – The Castaway Wanderers played the Capilano RFC, dropping a narrow 13-0 loss Saturday afternoon at Windsor Park in Vancouver Island’s sole Premier League game this weekend.
The Castaway Wanderers weren’t able to run away with the win Saturday at Windsor Park as the Capilano RFC defeated them 13-0. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
For CW, the loss on the field could be considered a moral victory, holding a strong Caps side to only 8 points until the final seconds of the game. With key players missing due to national team commitments, there was no expectation of the same 52-12 dominance over the Caps that was experienced last year with the likes of Ilnicki, Buydens, Tiedeman, Kleeberger and company commanding the field.
Rugby Canada team member Michael Fuailefau added his experience to shore up a depleted CW team – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Castaway Wanders, realizing that they would have to be at their best, playing tough against the third place Caps, played the visiting mainland team just that way early. Much of the first 15 minutes would be played in the Caps end of the field competing hard in the scrum to keep the ball on the visitor’s side of centre field. Capilano would break free down field on some quick passing to gain the advantage in CW’s backfield to eventually mark an uncoverted try on board by Capilano’s #9 Chris Robinson to take a 5-0 lead.
Caps Chris Robinson tallied a try and and penalty kick to lift his team over the Castaway Wanderers – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
CW would enjoy a two-man advantage when Caps Evan Marshall would be yellow carded for stomping. The Caps would be soon ticketed again with another yellow to help the CW cause. Castaway Wanderers would press for the go ahead try from the five meter line, but would be turned aside unceremoniously by a stiff Caps line to close the half with a 5-0 score.
Jonny Morris was a tough man for Capliano RFC to bring down in the open field – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Caps Chris Robinson would add to his teams cause early in the second half, taking a successful penalty kick to increase the lead 8-0, and force CW to score more than a try to win. The Castaway Wanders, electing to attempt to gain field position by kicking the ball down downfield, would loose their chance a ball possession as Capilano would take care to keep the ball under the torrential rains that continued most of the afternoon.
Caps Ryan Hamilton waits for the right moment to throw in the ball – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Castaway Wanderers would get one more chance with about 8 minutes remaining, but couldn’t hold the ball in the Caps end. The Caps, after sustained pressure in CW’s end would finally push the ball across for the try with seconds remaining in the game to hand the Castaway Wanderers a 13-0 loss.
Caps #16 Craig Rice wasn’t going to win this tackle as torrential downpours would make the ball and players slick to hold onto – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Capilano Caps improve to an undefeated 3-0 while the Castaway Wanderers prems stand at 0-3.