November 26, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – The James Bay Bays and the Castaway Wanderers will battle it out for home field advantage Saturday at MacDonald Park to decide home field advantage for next weekend’s Vancouver Island Rugby Union elite division Barnard Cup final.
James Bay holds the better win-loss record, 6-1-1, but the Castaway Wanderers, 6-2, hold a single point advantage 32-31 according to the BC Rugby Union standings to set up Saturday’s tilt.
In what will be another classic test in storied history of the two sides, this match is sure to have, most, if not all the makings of a preview of next weekend’s tilt. Despite the absence of key players on both sides of the line still on national team duties in Europe, their is still plenty of fire power to contend with to make this a test of weather and will.
James Bay may feel the pinch the greatest with notable players such as Connor Braid, Graham Harrison, Phil Mack, and Jim de Goede missing from the roster to list a few. CW’s Ray Barkwill, also in Europe, will miss the day’s contest. Both sides hope for these players return in time for the Cup final next weekend.
In the two earlier season match ups, James Bay would best the Castaway Wanderers, taking the two game series by scores of 38-26, and a much narrower last result 12-5 held at Windsor Park.