VICTORIA - Canadian national team standouts Sean White, Connor McCann and Thyssen de Goede teamed up for another impressive performance on Saturday afternoon to lift James Bay Athletic Association to a bonus point 27-14 win over Meraloma Rugby Club.
National Under-20 rep McCann and Canadian sevens standout de Goede each crossed over for tries while Sean White battled heavy winds to contribute two converts and a penalty to see the Bays move to 8-2. The Bays are now six points clear at the top of the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League standings while the Meralomas drop to fourth place at 5-4.
James Bay were down 14-12 at the break but found their scoring touch and capitalized on the wind advantage in the second half. Tries also came courtesy of scrum half Spence Dalziel and Jim de Goede to secure the valuable bonus point.
The win was James Bay's third straight since the winter break as they have now defeated title contenders in the resurgent Castaway Wanderers (4-5-1), Capilano RFC (7-3) and now Meralomas.
Across town at Wallace Field, another team enjoying a consistent second half were busy defeating the UVic Vikes (4-6) by a score of 40-14. Burnaby Lake (6-3) have now won five straight and are ranked no.1 defensively allowing just 15 points per game against.
Their league-leading scorer James Reekie kicked five of six conversion attempts and notched a try to top the charts at 77 points. Giuseppe Laudisio recorded two tries for Burnaby with additional tallies coming from Anthony Luca, Matt Alexander and Joe Dolesau.
“I thought we played well for 60 minutes, we had a lot of chances,” said Vikes head coach Doug Tate in a UVic press release. “They capitalized on our missed tackles.”
North Shore outfit Capilano RFC moved to 7-3 with a narrow 37-32 win over Bayside Athletic Association (2-8). Capilano had four tries from BC Under-23 provincial team rep Mike MacDonald and single tallies from Nate Rees and Charlie Jones. Scrum half Matt Simms had two converts.
The Castaway Wanderers continued their climb up the standings with a convincing win over the UBCOB Ravens (2-7-1) to move within three points of Meraloma who currently hold the fourth and final playoff berth. Ravens' speedsters Nick Blevins and Brodie Henderson recorded tries with Gordie McRorie kicking a convert.
The weekend of March 23rd sees James Bay on a collision course with Burnaby Lake in a rematch of the 2012 semifinals which saw the Bays pull off a thrilling one point victory. Three matches will be played out in Vancouver with the UVic Vikes away to the UBCOB Ravens, Bayside on the road to Meraloma and the Castaway Wanderers scrumming down at Klahanie Park against Capilano RFC.
Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League - Sat. March 16th:
Meraloma Rugby Club 14 - 27(+1) James Bay AA
Burnaby Lake 40(+1) - 14 UVic Vikes
UBCOB Ravens 12 - 43(+1) Castaway Wanderers
Capilano RFC 37(+1) - 32(+2) Bayside AA
Ceili's Cup (First Division) League - Sat. March 16th:
Meraloma Rugby Club 5 - 14 James Bay AA
Burnaby Lake 31(+1) - 14 UVic Norsemen
UBCOB Ravens at Castaway Wanderers MATCH POSTPONED
Capilano RFC 34(+1) - 19 Bayside AA
Vikes downed by visiting Burnaby Lake
Mar. 16: Burnaby Lake RC 4-14 UVic Vikes
By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. – Taking on No. 4 Burnaby Lake RC at Wallace Field the University of Victoria Vikes men's rugby team dropped the result 40-14.
It was an unfortunate series of missed tackles that let the Vikes down as Burnaby Lake put up four tries in the second half of play with the UVic men holding them to a score of 14-7 going into halftime.
“I thought we played well for 60 minutes, we had a lot of chances,” said head coach of the Vikes, Doug Tate. “They capitalized on our missed tackles but everything else I was happy with.”
The Vikes were certainly a far more physical side than in last week's match up against the Castaway Wanderers, especially with the return of Adam Kleeberger (White Rock, BC) to their roster. Patrick Kay (Duncan, B.C.) was again at flyhalf although the U-20 Team Canada standout was paired with rookie James Pitblado, as Jamie MacKenzie(Oakville, ON) has been sidelined by injury.
It was Burnaby Lake that put up the first try of the game as Matt Alexander crossed the line after a nice offload from Joe Dolesau, James Reekie made good on the conversion to put the visitors up by seven.
The Burnaby try went unanswered and midway through the first 40 Burnaby scored again, and with another conversion were up by 14,
Just before the halftime whistle a converted try by Kay saw the Vikes close the gap to come within seven.
Heading into the second half of play the Vikes were counting on their speed and fitness to make it even with the visitors and a try by winger Beau Parker (Vancouver, BC) did not disappoint. Dodging several tackles on the touchline Parker cut inside with a quick step off of his right foot and crossed the goal line to earn the Vikes another five points. The conversion by Kay was good and the two sides were neck-and-neck at 14-14.
Burnaby pushed back and for several minutes of play were just inches from the try line. A series of scrums and lineouts seemed like the five points for the visitors were a done deal but led by Kleeberger, the Vikes played tough defense in their 22 and refused the opportunity.
Unfortunately, the Vikes were only able to hold off for so long and with a stolen scrum by Burnaby, Giuseppe Laudisio gave the visitors another five points and with Reekie adding the conversion the game was 21-14.
Three more tries for Burnaby sealed the deal and the Vikes were handed their second loss in as many games. Next up for the UVic men is an away game against the UBCOB Ravens, Mar. 23, 2:45 p.m. at Jericho Park in Vancouver.