Clean Sweep for Castaway Wanderers RFC Over James Bay

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

September 26, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It was a clean sweep for the Castaway Wanderers (CW) Rugby Asociation on Saturday, as they swept a double-header from the James Bay Athletic Association at Windsor Park in Victoria, with the First Division squad winning the opener in easy fashion 50-17 and the Premier squad winning the second game, a tight and feisty affair, 28-20.

The CWs Nate Waddington goes for a run during 1st. Division action Saturday.  Waddington would score a try in the 50-17 win over James Bay (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Earlier in the day, the CW Women set the stage for their male counterparts with a 50-5 drubbing of the Cowichan Piggies RFC (see article here).

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The CWs Taylor Gudgeon fights for some tough yardage against a trio of James Bay tacklers during 1st Division action Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In First Division action, the CW’s broke open a tight 17-15 James Bay lead at half-time with five unanswered tries in the second half to roll to the win.

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The CWs Ian Hickman prepares to be tackled by a pair of James Bay defenders including Rupert Curtis (6) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The teams traded blows in the first half, with each team scoring three times including CW tries from Alek Silzers, Riley Turchet and Jordan Henderson and James Bay tries that included one from Kerry Park and one from Nic Cuckovich.

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James Bay’s Brandon Scherer pushes away from the tackle of a CW defender during the Bays 50-17 ist Division loss (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN) 

The Bays also attempted a 3-point penalty kick that failed, but thanks to a successful convert on one of their tries, compared to none for CW, the Bays took a 17-15 lead into half-time.

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The CW’s Alek Silzers (with ball) drags James Bay tackler Nic Cuckovich for a few yards during this run in 1st Division action Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In the second half, it was all CW and quick scores from Mitch Elliott and a second from Turchet on a great run, put the home side up 29-17. Another try from Nate Waddington made it 36-17, before Elliott notched his second of the game, reaping the benefit of a long run from Jake Pilon, who tossed the ball to Elliott just before the touch line, making it 43-17.

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CW’s Nate Waddington powers through a pair of James Bay tacklers (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The CW’s closed out the scoring with a third try of the game by Turchet, who by virtue of that score, earned the ISN Man of the Match and put the icing on the cake of the 50-17 win.

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The CW’s Joel Brattan (left) grabs on to anything he can in an attempt to tackle James Bay’s James Graham (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

With the win the First Division CWs improve to 2-1 on the season to stay at the top of the standings, keeping pace with the 2-0 UVic Norsemen. They will face those Norsemen next when they travel to UVic for a match on October 3rd.

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With a bevy of James Bay defenders in pursuit, the CW’s John Moar carries the ball upfield Saturday during the 1st Division match (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In the highly anticipated Premier Division match-up between two old and storied rivals, the Bays came out of the gate quickly and capitalized on a successful penalty kick field goal to go up 3-0.

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The Bay’s Andrew De Goede looks for a way out of this tackle by a trio of CW defenders during the Premier match-up Saturday that was won 28-20 by CW (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

CW would respond and work the ball slowly downfield, capping the drive off with a try from Mike Fuailefau and a successful convert to go up 7-3.

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CW’s Mike Fuailefau (left) would score the first try of the game for CW en route to a 28-20 win over James Bay in Premier action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

CW would increase their lead to 10-3 with a score off a penalty kick, but just before the half, the Bays would get a hard earned try from Rupert Curtis to cut the lead to 10-8.

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The CW’s Regan Crosland looks for a pass while avoiding the tackle of a James Bay defender (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Bays would take command early in the second half with a pair of early tries, including one from Aaron Evison, to jump into a 20-10 lead over the home squad.

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As the Premier game went on, tempers in the scrums started to flare enough that the referee had to issue warnings to the teams to settle down.  In the end, two yellow cards and two red cards were issued (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The CW’s were not about to be denied on their home field and after a penalty kick closed the score to 20-13 for the Bays, tries from Keenan Morton and Regan Crossland put the CWs up for good 25-20.

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The Bay’s Kyle Lebarge looks for a path upfield during Premier League play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Following that CW score, things started to get a little nasty on the pitch, and a few post scrum scuffles broke out between the teams on a number of occasions, including one that led to red cards late in the game for the CW’s Morton and the Bays Jordan Wilson Ross.

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The Bay’s Graham Harriman looks for a pass option after picking the ball up from a mid-field scrum (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

A late penalty kick from the CWs closed out the scoring and sealed the 28-20 win.

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The Bays Jim De Goede is tackled by the CW’s Nate Oliver during Premier action Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The win improves the CW Premier’s record to 2-0 and keeps them on top of the standings along with the UVic Vikes. They too will face UVic next week in a battle for first when they travel to UVic on Saturday October 3rd.

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The Bay’s Jordan Wilson Ross (right) is restrained from going after another CW player by the CW’s Nate Thomas after Ross was ejected late in the Premier game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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