Vancouver hold off Island Tide in U20 Dunbar Keg clash
Vancouver Island 27, Vancouver 34
Published Saturday, January 26, 2013 5:00 pm
by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications

As promised, the Dunbar Keg Men's U20 fixture between Vancouver and reigning champions Vancouver Island lived up to its billing with 10 tries recorded over the span of 80 minutes. Boasting a bruising forward pack that dictated much of the game, Vancouver took a 22-7 advantage into the break and held off a resilient come back from their hosts in the final minutes.

Isaac Kay opened the scoring for the Tide with Fergus Hall providing the extras for a 7-0 lead. Vancouver then recorded four unanswered tries through Neil Courtney, Charlie Thorpe, Connor Weyell and Brian Murphy. The fourth try was a clear indication that the bounces were going Vancouver's way when a grubber into their opponents try zone was missed by the full back and Murphy was there to pounce on the five points. Liam Murphy-Burke kicked the conversion and put the team up 22-7.

The second half saw Vancouver centre Sean Hickson score in the 41st minute to extend their lead to 27-12.

The Tide would then go on a three-try run with scores from Jon Lorimer, Nathan Yanagiya and Crosby Stewart to close the gap to 22-27. Vancouver's speedy prop Courtney would provide the insurance marker with a 70th minute try, however, taking the momentum back for the visitors. Hall would pull back a penalty for the Island Tide in the 78th minute to make it a one score game, but the clock ran out and the win went to Vancouver.

Dunbar Keg (Men's U20)
Vancouver Island 27, Vancouver 34
Box Score
Island tries: '12 Isaac Kaay, '56 Jon Lorimer, '58 Nathan Yanagiya, '65 Crosby Stewart,
Island converts: Hall x2
Island penalties: Hall
Vancouver tries: '15 Neil Courtney, '20 Charlie Thorpe, '26 Connor Weyell, '30 Brian Murphy, '41 Sean Hickson,  '70 Neil Courtney
Vancouver converts: Liam Murphy-Burke x2

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