February 22, 2020 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Men’s Premier Division Castaway Wanderers spoiled the James Bay Bay’s hopes of the two-game, regular season sweep by defeating their perennial cross-town adversary 18-13 in BC Rugby Union action Saturday afternoon at Windsor Park in Victoria, BC.
With the victory, the sixth place Castaway Wanderers take a seven-point lead over James Bay in the standings with four games remaining in the regular season.
Castaway Wanderers would jump out to a 10-3, first half lead on trys by James Pitblado and Sawyer Herron, while keeping James Bay away from the try line, allowing only a converted penalty kick in the Bay’s favour.
The second half would prove entertaining for fans and supporters alike as both sides would raise their efforts in a bid for the victory. The tri-colors would score their third try of the match when Josiah Morra would take a dished ball ten metres to the corner to put his side comfortably up 15-3.
James Bay, looking for a result, would make good on the boot of Cooper Coates to kick a penalty kick from long distance just inside Castaway Wanderer’s half of the field to draw nearer with a 15-6 score.
Castaway Wanderer’s DeVilles, going 0-3 on his first three attempts of the game, would kick a successful attempt after some strong, defensive second half play by both sides would leave the tri-colors within kicking range to go up 18-6.
James Bay would score their first try of the game late in the second half with only 9 minutes remaining to play as Michael Nieuwenhuysen would put the ball down to pull his team within a try of taking the lead.
James Bay would appear as to be rewarded for their late game efforts with a contentious side line run for a try, only to be called back for stepping out of play approximately 20 metres from the try line to erase the go-ahead, and possibly game winning score.
The Castaway Wanderers would hold field as time would run down, giving the home side the 18-13 victory, and their sixth consecutive win.
With the loss, James Bay holds down the seventh place in the standings with a .500 season record with five games in hand in the regular season.