by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications
|Valley and Wave to battle for Dunbar Keg championship berth |
|Published Friday, July 22, 2011 5:00 am|
Langley, BC: The final match of the BC Rugby Men's Under-20 Dunbar Keg round robin will see Fraser Valley and the Vancouver Wave go head-to-head for a championship berth into the provincial final.
7:00pm - Fri. July 22nd: Vancouver Wave at Fraser Valley (Crush Crescent, Langley)
Wave vs Valley Preview
The Valley U20 squad have the opportunity to eliminate the defending champs Vancouver Wave from the competition for the first time since the 2007 season.
In their first outing of the 2011 season against the Vancouver Island Rising Tide, Fraser Valley found their footing late in the match, scoring three tries in the final 15 minutes of play. They ran out of time according to Valley head coach Marc Filiatrault, who says his players are ready for their encounter versus the reigning U20 provincial champs.
"We got into a rhythm late in the game against the Island and we really started dominating," said Filaitrault. "The guys were a little upset they lost but we had some momentum that I think we can carry through to this weekend's game."
The Valley will add two new weapons to their arsenal this week with Canadian Under-20 National Team standout Kurtis Appeldoorn and Canadian Senior Men's Sevens speedster Keaton Styles.
"Adding Kurtis and Keaton to our line up will really bring up the pace of our game," Filiatrault added. "Our counterattacks are at another level with them. When they step on to the pitch it will be lights out."
The Valley lost both encounters against eventual champs Vancouver Wave during the 2010 competition, falling 28-26 and 26-20 during the round-robin. The Wave have been provincial champs at the Under-20 Men's level for the past three years.
The winner of tonight's match will face off against the Vancouver Island Rising Tide in next week's provincial final at Klahanie Park.
2011 BC U20 Dunbar Keg Schedule
Sat. July 9: Vancouver Island Rising Tide 46 - 24 Vancouver Wave
Sat. July 16: Vancouver Island Rising Tide 36 - 29 Fraser Valley
7:00pm - Fri. July 22: Vancouver Wave at Fraser Valley (Crush Crescent, Langley)
12:30pm - Sat. July 30: Dunbar Keg Provincial Final (Klahanie Park, West Vancouver)
Dunbar Keg Competition
Three regional representative teams will contest for the historic Dunbar Keg this summer in the revamped British Columbia Rugby Men's Under-20 Championship. The Vancouver Wave, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island Rising Tide will compete in a round-robin competition, accruing points towards a championship appearance on July 30th. These three teams had previously competed against one another in the Pacific Conference of the now-annulled Rugby Canada Junior National Championship.
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