VANCOUVER, BC - Burnaby Lake Rugby Club went into the winter break with an emphatic 73-5 victory over Meraloma on Saturday afternoon, producing 11 tries to move to 5-1 in the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League. The win sees Burnaby alone at the top with 25 points and a league leading defence which has allowed just 70 points in six games.
"We have worked hard to be in that spot," said Burnaby head coach Kris de Scossa. "Every club is a threat in this league and the games for the most part have been very close."
Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League - Sat. November 23rd:
Burnaby Lake 73(+1) - 5 Meraloma
Capilano RFC 20(+1) - 22 UBCOB Ravens
Vancouver Rowing Club 8 - 29(+1) James Bay AA
Castaway Wanderers RFC 12 - 48(+1) UVic Vikes
Saturday's encounter at Connaught Park saw no.1 ranked Burnaby Lake away to no.8 Meraloma who were without a number of key starters. Burnaby's Giuseppe Laudisio led the charge, recording three tries on the day.
The scoring opened in the fifth minute with Burnaby driving a maul towards the Meraloma try line and eventually lock Ryan McHollister dotted down. Alec Douglas kicked his first of nine conversions to put the visitors up 7-0.
Burnaby's scrum half Cody Rockson was next to record a try, making up for an error minutes before where he ran past the dead ball line and was ruled out of bounds when it should have been an easy five points. Laudisio, centre Joe Dolesau and lock Kyle Wizniewski each dotted down and with three more conversions from Douglas it was 33-0 at the break.
The second half saw Laudisio and Burnaby centre Cole McQueen record two tries each and then it was winger Brian Murphy who went over for his fifth of the season.
Meraloma would get one try back through the efforts of flanker Alex Boyd who dove down on a chip kick in the 79th minute.
But the home side would concede one more try when Burnaby's Angus Fisher ran in for the final score. With four more conversions from Douglas and another from substitute Nolan Shelley, the match ended at 73-5. The loss dropped Meraloma to 0-6 and five points back from no.7 Castaway Wanderers (2-4).
Around the Premier League
The UVic Vikes (4-2) head into the winter break in second place after defeating Oak Bay's Castaway Wanderers 48-12. Their bonus point sees them leading no.3 James Bay (4-2) by a single point in the standings. James Bay took down the no.5 Vancouver Rowing Club (3-3) 29-8 at MacDonald Park. Having already surpassed their three wins of the 2012-13 season, the no.4 UBCOB Ravens (4-2) will head into the break in fourth place with a crucial 22-20 victory over Capilano RFC.
The second half of the 2013-14 season will resume for the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League on Saturday, February 15th. The fixtures include two games on Vancouver Island that will feature the top teams in the League with Burnaby at UVic and UBCOB Ravens at James Bay. A pair of fixtures are slated for Vancouver with the Castaway Wanderers at the Rowers and Capilano at Meraloma.