Bears Clash With Wolf Pack in Round Two

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Bears Clash With Wolf Pack in Round Two of the 2016 Canadian Rugby Championship This Saturday in Esquimalt

Victoria, BC – July 7, 2016: The Canadian Direct Insurance BC Bears will look to bounce back from a narrow 27-21 defeat at the hands of the Prairie Wolf Pack last weekend when the two teams re-engagethis Saturday for Round 2 of the Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC). The match will take place at Bullen Park [map] in Esquimalt (greater Victoria). Kickoff is at 3:00pm. Admission is $10 for adults, while students aged 18 and under can attend for free when presenting school ID. Children aged 12 and under are free.

The Bears led the Wolf Pack 11-3 at half-time in their last encounter, but conceded four tries in the second half and were unable to regain the lead after falling behind. Bears’ coach Gabriel Fulcher spoke about the adjustments the Team will need to make in the rematch.

“There were a lot of positives from the last game but we simply made too many unforced errors at key moments,” said Fulcher. “Had we been more clinical during the first half when we were so dominant we might have got more points on the board to cushion us from a Wolfpack resurgence in the second half. This week will be about doing the simple things better.”

The Bears will make two changes to their starting fifteen, as Taitusi Vikilani makes his CRC debut at #8, while Josh Clarke will move over to flanker.

The Canadian Rugby Championship is proudly presented by Johnsonville.

Canadian Direct Insurance BC Bears’ Roster 
1. Anthony Luca (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club) – Captain
2. Andrew Lackner (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
3. Ryan Ackerman (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
4. Kevin Leask (UVic Vikes)
5. Craig McLaughlin (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
6. Josh Clarke (Meraloma Rugby Club)
7. Ollie Nott (UVic Vikes)
8. Taitusi Vikilani (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
9. Jorden Sandover-Best (UBC Thunderbirds)
10. Guiseppe Du Toit (UVic Vikes)
11. Manar Kulkhan (UBC Thunderbirds)
12. Doug Fraser (UVic Vikes)
13. Jeke Gotegote (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
14. Crosby Stewart (UVic Vikes)
15. Brock Staller (UBC Thunderbirds)

16. Cody McClary (Port Alberni Black Sheep)
17. Adrian Longbone (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
18. Micha Govorchin (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
19. Craig McLaughlin (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
20. Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
21. Cody Rockson (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
22. Geoff Ryan (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
23. Gareth Marsden (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)

Team Staff
Head Coach – Gabriel Fulcher (UBCOB Ravens)
Assistant Coach – Tony LaCarte (BC Rugby)
Assistant Coach – Angel Cividanes (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
Manager – Pete Hill (UBCOB Ravens)
Athletic Therapist – Katie Wnuk

Competition Details:
The Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) is the highest level domestic competition for Senior Men’s Fifteens Rugby in Canada. The CRC consists of four matches per team, with at least one fixture against each opponent. The Teams involved in the CRC are the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Bears, the Prairie Wolf Pack, the Ontario Blues and the Atlantic Rock. The winner of the competition is awarded the MacTier Cup. BC last won the trophy in 2009.

Event Details:
Canadian Direct Insurance BC Bears vs  Prairie Wolf Pack
Location: Bullen Park, Esquimalt, BC
Date: Saturday, July 9th
Time: 3:00pm PT
Curtain raiser game between the Canada Classics and the USA Classics kicks off at 1:00pm