The weather proved to be a great equalizer on Saturday afternoon as heavy rains and slippery conditions saw all four Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League matches decided by seven-point margins or less. Four teams now sit with 3-1 records and 2013 finalists James Bay and Burnaby Lake top the table with 15 points each.
Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League - Sat. November 2nd:
UVic Vikes 11(+1) - 18 Vancouver Rowing Club
Capilano RFC 9 - 3(+1) Burnaby Lake
Meraloma Rugby Club 25(+2) - 27(+1) James Bay AA
UBCOB Ravens 7 - 5(+1) Castaway Wanderers RFC
North Shore club Capilano RFC (1-3) recorded their first victory of the season on the road, handing the previously undefeated Burnaby Lake Rugby Club (3-1) a 9-3 loss.
"That was a critical win for us today and I'm really proud of how the team fronted up," said Capilano head coach Tom Larisch. "We played smart and it was really nice to see a spirited performance from the boys. The weather wasn't the best but we did what it took to win."
Burnaby had won the last encounter between the two sides back in late September when they went to Klahanie to defeat Capilano 24-22 for the Vancouver Rugby Union's Miller Cup. Capilano went on to lose their opening three matches of the 2013 Premier League season and were facing a tough task against Burnaby on the road.
"The win gave us a reason to move forward in the right direction," Larisch added. "We really set a platform to turn the season around."
Across town, Premier League newcomers Vancouver Rowing Club (3-1) continued to reassert themselves in the top flight with a 18-11 win over the UVic Vikes (2-2) at Brockton Oval.
Meraloma Rugby Club (0-4) produced a spirited display in Victoria, going down 25-27 against defending Rounsefell Cup champions James Bay Athletic Association (3-1) on the road. Meraloma came up short but were able to secure two crucial bonus points.
Across town at Windsor Park in Oak Bay, the Castaway Wanderers (1-3) lost their third straight match in a narrow 7-5 bonus point result to the UBCOB Ravens (3-1). Semifinalists last May, Castaway Wanderers are now sitting in seventh place heading into the Remembrance Day bye weekend.
The next round of games will be played on November 16th with all four matches to be played in Vancouver. The Rowers will face their stiffest test yet when they take on Burnaby Lake at Brockton Oval. The UVic Vikes will scrum down against the UBCOB Ravens while just a few minutes away, the Castaway Wanderers will battle Meraloma at Connaught Park. Capilano RFC will be at home to James Bay in a rematch of the 2012 Rounsefell Cup Final.