September 24, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – Vancouver Island Rugby Union’s Premier Division James Bay scored twenty-eight first half points, and then had to hang on for a 38-26 win over the cross-town rival Castaway Wanderers Saturday afternoon at Windsor Park, in Victoria, BC.
A packed field of spectators where treated to a who’s who of Rugby Canada players as the fixture featured no less than a combined eight players between the two sides as players returned to their home clubs in support of a successful qualifying bid to the BC Rugby Union Premier Division decided by teams standings at the end of this first half of this season.
In a dominating first half, James Bay did well to play keep away as the Castaway Wanderers got few quality touches of the ball to amount to anything with fortune. Phil Mack would be his masterful self with the ball, weaving through the Castaway Wanderers defense with speed, attracting attention before putting the ball in in teammates hands to advance the ball further up the pitch.
James Bay would score early to mark the board, and would go on to tally up 28 unanswered points on the legs of players like Connor Braid, Jordon Wilson-Ross and John Moonlight. Braid, making the most out of a good situation, would also kick a perfect 4-4 in conversions in the opening half.
Castaway Wanderers found their answer to open the second half as John Braddock would find an angle to push the ball past the tackling John Moonlight for the tri-colors first points of the afternoon. Phil Mack of James Bay, showing his shiftiness, would reply with his own, finding the try line to go up 35-7.
Castaway Wanderers would begin their push back with the first of three trys as Mike Fuailefau would force James Bay’s hand up the middle of the field. Evans and Thornber would add additional trys for the home side with approximately eight minutes remaining to make the game interesting but it would be too little too late as time would expire giving James Bay their second win in as many games and a bonus point to boot.
Next weekend, James Bay takes on Westshore RFC at home, while Castaway Wanderers will look to bounce back with a win over the UVic Vikes in front of a home crowd at Windsor Park.