JBAA Rugby Prems Run Away With Win Over Castaway Wanderers

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Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – James Bay Bays Premier division team drove across town and ran over a depleted Castaway Wanderers team, defeating the home team 54-17 at Windsor Park in Oak Bay Saturday afternoon.

JBBA scrum-half and Canadian team member Phil Mack runs away from the tackle of CW Riley MacPherson – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Castaway Wanderers, suffering from an injury riddled and depleted team due to national team commitments, have had their hands full of late with their competition, and with no quarter to be given insight, CW was expected to be hungry for their first win in six games as the season looks to take a mid-season turn. For the Bays it was about continuing the momentum built on the back of a two game win streak, and hoping to make it a three-peat. The Bays, perhaps looking a little unsorted at times in earlier contests, took to the field with a full lineup under the ball direction of national team returnee scrumhalf Phil Mack.

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James Bay Bays made the most of thier tackles, holding CW to 17 points in the game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

It was apparent from the opening kick off that the Bays would be the quicker to the ball, using the likes of Chris Slater (3), Brandon Harrison (1), and Elliot Mitrou (1) to take the ball up field for the Blue Crush. CW wouldn’t appear to have an answer for tackling

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Winger Chris Slater (middle) would score 3 tries Saturday against CW, exploiting the slower defensive line – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca) 

The Bays would sprint out to an early lead when Taylor Dalziel would pick off an errant pass and run untouched for the first try of what was to be a dominating first half for the Bays.  James Bay would follow up with their second try early in the half, showing their strength in the scrum by backing up the Castaway Wanderers across their own try line to concede the major.

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James Bay’s Spencer Dalziel, always a handful to bring down, tries to split the Castaway Wanderers defense – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Appearing to have trouble tackling a strong-running Bays side, CW would, fourteen minutes later, be the victim of a runaway score, as the Bays would jump out to a 34-0 lead on a pair of tries by speedy wingers in Slater and Harrison. CW, not to be denied a small redemption of pride, found their first points late in the first half on a corner try pushed across by Joel Brattan and company. Teams would go to the locker room at the end of the half with the Bays leading 34-5.

Castaway Wanders, keeping their end-of-half momentum, would generate the first try of the second half when Riley Llnicki would find his way across for CW’s second try of the game after CW would string together numerous well played series’ to bring the home team into the Bays territory.  Score 34-12 for the Bays. 

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Trying to gain field position, CW would try the kicking game to back up James Bay – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Slow to find the right step they had in the first, James Bay would look to Spencer Dalziel, normally dangerous at the scrum-half position, and now pushed to the #10 spot with the insertion of Phil Mack, would find a way to use his legs to his teams advantage, many times drawing the CW defense to the middle of the field and then release the ball to the outside line to finish the job. James Bay would outrun CW, tallying the next three tries on runs down the sidelines, more akin to a 7’s game. With two tries by Chris Slater, and another by Elliot Mitrou, the Bays would go up 54-12. Castaway Wanderer’s Jordan Henderson would score the last try of the game with 20 seconds remaining.

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Chris Slater looks to dive into the endzone for his first of three tries after breaking three tackles – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The James Bay Bays would finish with the bonus point on a 54-17 win, allowing them, combined with a UVic win over Burnaby, to climb up one spot in the standings to fourth place in the CDI Premier League.

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Both James Bay and CW play away games next Saturday, while the UVic Vikes mind the farm; playing the only Premier game on the island vs. Vancouver Rowing Club at Wallace field, in a 2:30 pm start.

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