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Good for the bonus, Burnaby Lake upsets James Bay
Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League week 11 recap
 
Published Saturday, March 23, 2013
by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications

BURNABY - Burnaby Lake Rugby Club won their sixth straight Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League match on Saturday, downing top-ranked James Bay Athletic Association by a score of 42-19. After over a decade of losses to the Bays including a 2-point semifinal defeat in 2012, Burnaby Lake unleashed their scorers running in six tries to James Bay's one.

Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League - Sat. March 23rd:
James Bay AA 19 - 42(+1) Burnaby Lake
Bayside AA 10 - 73(+1) Meraloma Rugby Club
UVic Vikes 41(+1) - 41(+1) UBCOB Ravens
Castaway Wanderers 13(+1) - 18 Capilano RFC

Burnaby's Canada Under-20 graduate Admir Cejvanovic was again at the forefront of the attack contributing a pair of tries from the no. 8 position to see his side move to 7-3, holding down third place in the standings.

"I've been playing against James Bay since I was a junior and I've never beaten them," said Burnaby's 27-year-old scrum half Rain de Guzman. "We just played the system that (head coach) Kris de Scossa has been working and we wore them down. We are playing patient rugby, the same as we have all season and it opens things up for us in the second half."

The match started out evenly with Burnaby's fly half James Reekie kicking two penalties and James Bay's Sean White responding with three penalties to see the visitors up 9-6 early on.

Burnaby Lake answered back with the first try when they drove a maul off a lineout to see Cejvanovic dot down. Reekie added the extras and had Burnaby Lake leading 13-9 at the half.

After the break, as they have done so often this season, Burnaby exhausted their opponents and unleashed their runners.

The first score came courtesy of a Ryan McHollister tally with winger Giusseppe Luadisio going over in the corner just minutes later. With a Reekie conversion, Burnaby were leading 25-9.

To James Bay's credit, they kept battling and it was Canadian international Sean White who would tack on another three points to see the Bays trailing 12-25. James Bay earned another penalty inside Burnaby's 22 shortly after and this time opted for the lineout. The visitors retained possession and drove their pack over with Peter Gillespie eventually recording the try to make it 19-25.

The rest of the match was one-way traffic as Burnaby out worked their opponents and exploited the gaps. Micha Govorchin went over for the fourth try to secure the bonus point and it was Cejvanovic shortly after who dashed from the back of the scrum for a try in the corner.

As the clock wore out, Burnaby kept the pressure up and Reekie charged down a James Bay clearance kick and then chased it down for the sixth and final try. Reekie converted his own score and Burnaby took the win 42-19, moving to 7-3 and dropping the Bays to 8-3.

Across town the no. 4 Meralomas (6-4) ran up a 73-10 bonus point win against no. 8 Bayside Athletic Association (2-9) to hold onto fourth place. The no. 5 Castaway Wanderers (4-6-1) fell short in a 13-18 loss against no. 2 Capilano RFC (8-3) and now find themselves sitting seven points back of a playoff berth.

Jericho Park played host to a track meet as the no. 6 UVic Vikes (4-6-1) battled back to tie the no. 7 UBCOB Ravens (2-7-2) by a score of 41-41. The league's leading try scorer Beau Parker recorded three tallies for UVic, including a pivotal intercept try that Fergus Hall then converted for the draw.

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SATURDAY SCOREBOARD

Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League - Sat. March 23rd:
James Bay AA 19 - 42(+1) Burnaby Lake
Bayside AA 10 - 73(+1) Meraloma Rugby Club
UVic Vikes 41(+1) - 41(+1) UBCOB Ravens
Castaway Wanderers 13(+1) - 18 Capilano RFC

Ceili's Cup (First Division) League - Sat. March 23rd:
James Bay AA 16 - 63(+1) Burnaby Lake
Bayside AA 13 - 41(+1) Meraloma Rugby Club
UVic Norsemen 62(+1) - 7 UBCOB Ravens
Castaway Wanderers 10 - 34(+1) Capilano RFC

Women's Adidas Premiership - Sat. March 23rd:
Capilano RFC 0 - 83(+1) Burnaby Lake
Velox Valkyries 27(+1) - 15 United Rugby Club
UVic VIkes 12 - 62(+1) Bayside AA

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