Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
September 12, 2015 Colwood, BC (ISN) – The relocated Westshore Velox Valhallians put their best foot forward Saturday on their new home pitch, defeating the James Bay Bays division one team 24-19 in exhibition play.
Both Velox and James Bay would play a physical game, much to the entertainment of sidelines of fans – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Rugby fans lined both sides of the Juan de Fuca field to take in some sun, and early season BC Rugby Union action. The Valhallians, finished first in their 2014-2015 regular season, Cowichan Cup campaign, while the Bays would settle for a lower 5th seed in the competitive Times Colonist Cup division.
James Bay Bays would find themselves playing a catch up game to the Valhallians in exhibition play – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In a gritty test, Velox would challenge the cross town side, using their physicality to drive the ball up field, leading the charge late into the end of the first half with a 12-0 betterment. The Bays Kyle Laberge would show great pace late to beat the Velox field to the try line to pull his team to a respectable 12-5 deficit to end the opening half.
A swarming Valhallian defense up the middle would hold James Bay to one try in the first half – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
James Bay, taking the games opportunity to asses some new talent, would take advantage of some loose tackling and a quicker step on the wings to pull even with the Westshore team in the opening minutes of the second half with a try by Rupert Curtis for a 12-12 score.
Not to be outdone, Velox would display some powerful running attacks to give them field advantage much of the game – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
Velox would reply with two unanswered tries mid and late in the half to shoot out to a 24-12 score. James Bay’s Kieran McAuley would tally the late tally to pull his Bays close at 24-19. Despite the late rally; the Valhallians would take first test match to the locker room with the win.