Ergas (L) and Doll (R)
VANCOUVER, BC - Capilano's Under-16 men's team were crowned Lower Mainland champions this past weekend as they downed rivals Vancouver Rowing Club 19-18 for the 2013 title. Men of the Match Elias Ergas and Liam Doll were standouts in the final and also earned recognition as this week's BC Rugby Jr MVPS.
The recap below is provided by Capilano U16 coach Danny Weidner:
This game had all signs pointing to it being a thriller as the past couple games between these teams this season have been hard fought and quite a rivalry had been developing.
The Rowing Club came out to grab an early lead going up 3-0 on a penalty kick by Will Sauder, Capilano then came roaring back to score to bring the margin to 5-3 with a Tamar Tucker-Harrison Try. Capilano then scored again shortly after to bring the score to 12-3 with a try scored by Andrew Jones and convert by Liam Doll. The Rowing club kept the score board ticking with another penalty goal for Will Sauder.
Halftime score was 12-6.
To start the half there was some back and fourth rugby before an excellent Elias Ergas Try, splitting two defenders 50 meters out and then another cross covering near the goal line to score under the posts. Liam Doll Convert was good and it was 19-6 Capilano. T
he Rowers were not done yet, however, their determination was evident as they came roaring back with two quick tries near the end of the game to bring the score to 19-18 for Capilano. Nearing the end of the game, a penalty against Capilano about 35 meters out and on the 15 metre line seemed like Capilano may suffer a comeback defeat against the determined Rowing Club. A quick tap by the Rowers took away their chance to go for goal and several phases later, Capilano regained possession and kicked the ball to touch to end the game.
A thriller indeed and a fantastic game for both teams. Although both teams were missing players the quality of rugby, the pace, the skill, the intensity was phenomenal and was definitely a crowd pleaser for the stadium full of both Vancouver Rowing Club and Capilano supporters at Klahanie.
Men of the Match:
Elias Ergas - Centre
Elias played in both 12 and 13 in the game vs. The Rowing Club, his tenacity and defense awareness were game changers and game savers for Capilano in the final. Being a year younger than most of his teammates, Elias played on the Provincial Festival Winning BC U14 team last summer and has continued to excel since that tour. Elias scored the game winning try with his dynamic, strong and evasive running and made some massive tackles to keep the Rowers offense moving backward.
Liam Doll - 8-man
Liam played a phenomenal game with strong up field running, intense tackling and exceptional goal kicking. Having played at 12 for the past 2 games, Liam was moved back to the pack for the Final and lead the forwards by example. Liam had played on the BC U15 team and was Vice-Captain of the team last year and was also selected to the PRC U16 team last year as an underage player.