Vancouver, BC: The reigning provincial champions Burnaby Lake Rugby Club will look to go top of the Women's Adidas Premiership standings this weekend when they host Lower Mainland rivals Meraloma Rugby Club.
FULL SCHEDULE / STANDINGS
Women's Adidas Premiership - Sat. March 17th:
Bayside RFC at Capilano RFC (Klahanie Park) 11:30am
Meraloma Rugby Club at Burnaby Lake (Burnaby Lake Sports Complex) 11:30am
SFU Rugby at UVic Vikes (Wallace Field) 11:30am
Meraloma (1-3) at Burnaby Lake (5-0)
Table leaders Velox Valkyries have a bye this weekend which means first place is up for grabs. Led by their lead scorer Julia Sugawara (42 pts), Burnaby are currently averaging 39.6 ppg in offence. A more impressive stat is their league-leading defence which has allowed just 13 points against, all of which were scored in last weekend's narrow 15-13 victory over United Rugby Club. The no.6 ranked Lomas are just five potions shy of fourth place and a playoff berth, but the young squad will have their hands full against the reigning champs. When these two sides last squared off during the Fall season, Burnaby blanked the visitors 27-0.
Bayside(2-3) at Capilano (1-4)
Capilano currently sits fifth in the standings and will look to leap past fourth-place Bayside in the standings, as the two sides continue to jockey for the final playoff berth in the Premiership. Led by their top scorer Jodie Cornell (15 pts), the Sharks currently rank fifth in overall scoring averaging 17 points per game. Bayside fell 51-0 to undefeated Burnaby and were blanked 46-0 by the Velox Valkyries back on March 3rd. But in their three other outings, the Sharks have held opponents to 17 points or less. Capilano have struggled offensively this season, averaging just 10.4 points per game and have allowed 34.4 ppg against.
SFU Rugby (1-4) at UVic Vikes (0-3)
For both no.7 SFU and the no.8 ranked UVic Vikes, this weekend could serve as an opportunity to get their seasons back on track. SFU's return to Premiership rugby has seen the students struggle against some of the top offences in the league. The students have allowed 51.6 points per game against and currently sits seventh in the overall standings. Due to bye weeks and commitments at the University National 7s, UVic has not played a 15-a-side match since back on February 25th. Home field advantage could benefit the Vikes as they look to get back in the win column.