Tasty treat set for Saturday as undefeated Sharks host Rowers
Published Thursday, March 8, 2012
by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications

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Surrey, BC: The top teams in the Okanagan Spring Brewery League One, BC Rugby's Tier Two men's club competition, will put their perfect records on the line this Saturday when the Bayside Sharks play host to Lower Mainland rivals Vancouver Rowing Club.


Okanagan Spring Brewery League One - Sat. March 10th:
Velox Valhallians at Richmond RFC (King George Park) 2:30pm
Vancouver Rowing Club at Bayside Sharks (South Surrey Athl Park) 2:30pm

Weekend Preview
The no.1 Bayside Sharks and no.2 Vancouver Rowing Club each boast 4-0 records but the Sharks currently top the standings by a single point. Bayside currently leads the league offensively, averaging an astounding 45.5 points per game. Bayside also leads the league defensively, allowing just 6.25 ppg against.

"From a competition standpoint, we have faced some fairly talented players and teams so far in this league. All three divisions [OSB League 2 and Province Wide Division 3] are undefeated at the club since the spring season has started and we look forward to continuing that streak this weekend," said Bayside head coach Pat Kearney. "Our main strengths this season have been our tenacious defence as well as our ability to score tries. We are four-for-four in bonus points this season and we make it a team goal every Saturday to come away from the pitch with five points since we know the Rowers are right behind us." 

Bayside kicker Peter Clifford leads the league's scoring race with 32 points, having recorded two tries and 11 converts. Saturday's encounter will provide a kicking duel between Clifford and the league's second highest scorer, Rowing Club's Matt James (22 pts).

"Pete has been easily our best player all season long," Kearney added. "I haven't seen a player dictate [the game] so much with his left or right foot since Dave Spicer (2009-2010 Player of the Year) last played in the BCRU. It must also be mentioned that Pete is the biggest hitter on our team and his ball handling skills are world class."

Kearney also points to a number of top players on the Bayside lineup that have contributed to their undefeated run so far.

"The main reason for our success has been the play and leadership of our Captain, Jay Blaak. He has played like an absolute monster week in and week out and shows no signs of slowing down," added Kearney. "Another key contributor has been the play of scrum half Cody Rockson. He reads the game so well at the back of scrums and open field and has the unique ability to squeak through a hole or gap that no one else would get through."

So far this season, the Sharks have defeated Seattle 91-0, Velox 22-5, Cowichan 38-5 and Richmond by a score of 31-15. The Rowers will be Bayside's toughest opponents yet. The Rowers rank second in offensive production with 32.5 ppg and have allowed just 11.25 ppg against defensively.

"We expect to face a team that is well-drilled and can execute their game plan effectively," said Kearney of this week's opponents. "Although we were successful in beating them in the first half of the season, we know making the Premier League is just as important to them as it is to us. It should be a great game of rugby and hopefully the home team wins."

Also slated for Saturday, Vancouver Island's Velox Valhallians (1-3) will be playing Richmond RFC (0-4) at King George Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30pm.


OSB League Two Schedule:

Okanagan Spring Brewery League Two - Sat. March 10th:
Velox Valhallians at Richmond RFC (King George Park) 1:00pm
Vancouver Rowing Club at Bayside Sharks (South Surrey Athl Park) 1:00pm


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