October 13, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) – It took almost sixty minutes of play, but the James Bay Men’s Premier side would spot Westshore RFC 10 points before mounting a three try comeback to beat the Colwood team 21-15 at MacDonald Park in James Bay Saturday afternoon.
Westshore would control possession and field position most of the first half, able to break down the Bays defense as Taylor McGuire would put the ball down for his Westshore team early. McGuire would continue to impress all game for his side, both defensively with his strongly tackling, and his offensive advancement of the ball to try to keep the Bays back on their heals.
Perhaps a sign of a rocky start to their game, James Bay’s only chance to put points on the board, a penalty kick, would go wide off the normally dependable boot of Connor Braid to remain scoreless.
Westshore would add their own penalty kick to take a 10-0 lead into halftime.
James Bay would tale advantage of improved field position on Westshore turnovers, defensive breakdowns, and the toe of Connor Braid. Braid would be instrumental on helping give his team a much shorter field to play in the second half.
James Bay would be the benefactor of three unanswered trys in the second frame, the last by Aaron Evision with approximately six minutes remaining in the game. James Bay’s Tiegen White would start the James Bay comeback, and Jake Thiel would steal away with this team’s second try on an overthrown Westshore lineout to put his team ahead.
Westshore would answer late with four minutes remaining in as Paul-Henri van Theil would help his team come near 21-15, but James Bay would manage the ball to run out time and take their first victory of the season.
James Bay improves to 1-1, while Westshore, despite a strong showing, are still looking for their first win, falling to 0-2.