VIRU Rugby Elite Division Rivals Set To Battle For Barnard Cup Advantage

James Bay and Castaway Wanderer's to Square Off

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September 24, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) - james Bay Prems held off a late surge by Castaway Wanderers to take a 36-28 win - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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.

September 24, 2016  Victoria, BC ( ISN ) -   - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 24, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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.

November 26, 2016 Victoria (ISN) - Bay's Jordan Wilson Ross will look to make a difference in the back line  ( Erich Eichhorn image )
November 26, 2016 Victoria (ISN) – Bay’s Jordan Wilson Ross will look to make a difference in the back line ( Erich Eichhorn image )

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.

November 26, 2016  Victoria, BC (ISN ) - Past history will set the tone for what may shape up for by an epic battle  ( Erich Eichhorn image )
November 26, 2016 Victoria, BC (ISN ) – Past history will set the tone for what may shape up for by an epic battle ( Erich Eichhorn image )

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.

September 24, 2016  Victoria, BC ( ISN ) -   - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 24, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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.

 

 

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