VANCOUVER – British Columbia's U23 provincial men's team were defeated 24-13 by English touring side Durham University on Friday evening at Klahanie Park.
BC led 3-0 early on through a penalty by full back Keaton Styles (UVic Vikes) but were unable to keep the momentum going due to a slow start and found themselves down to 14 men heading into the break. The visitors went on a 19 point scoring run before BC were able to score again in the second half.
BC inside centre Doug Fraser (UVic Vikes) was next to go over for BC to make it 19-8. Durham would record another try before BC flanker Alex Boyd (Meralomas) crossed over for the final score to make it 24-13.
"That was a really hard game and I think we were strong defensively but in the end Durham were better at the contact point. Durham hit low and they hit at pace contesting everything at the breakdown and they stretched us a lot," said BC head coach Dave Brown.
The match wrapped up a two game summer series for the BC U23 program after they had previously beaten St. Andrew's University 57-25 back on June 23rd.
"I'm very pleased with our effort - especially where they have come from over the last four weeks," added Brown. "We've had two very entertaining games and to be honest we would have liked to play Durham again as that was a hard game, a great one to end the year with."
Durham will now travel to Vancouver Island where they will face off against BC's senior men's CRC team at the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence. Kick off is set for 2:00pm.
BC U23 Roster
1: Alex Kam (UBC Thunderbirds)
2: Evan Mallory (Capilano RFC)
3: Jonah Woodward (Kamloops RFC)
4: Adam Zaruba (Capilano RFC)
5: Shea Wakefield (UVic Vikes)
6: Gareth Dyer (Capilano RFC)
7: Alex Boyd (Meraloma Rugby Club)
8: Mike McDonald (Capilano RFC) Capt.
9: Lucas De Beer (Abbotsford RFC)
10: Zahid Jethani (Brown University)
11: Sean Ferguson (UBC Thunderbirds)
12: Doug Fraser (UVic Vikes)
13: Brock Staller (Meraloma Rugby Club)
14: Evan Thomas (Burnab Lake Rugby Club)
15: Keaton Styles (UVic Vikes)
16: Blake van Heyningen (James Bay Athletic Association)
17: Aaron Flagg (Abbotsford RFC)
18: Paul Jung (Simon Fraser University)
19: Thomas Pynn (UVic Vikes)
20: James Kelly (Surrey Beavers Athletic Association)
21: Jamie Beaton (Surrey Beavers Athletic Association)
22: Henry Recinos (Vancouver Rowing Club)
23: Buck Payne (Meraloma Rugby Club)
Head Coach - Dave Brown
Assistant Coach - Kas Futawatari
Athletic Therapist - Monique Charbonneau