KELOWNA, BC - Canadian international Gordon McRorie led the Prairie Wolf Pack (2-0) to their second straight victory over the BC Bears (0-2) with an inspired 20-point performance in round two of the Canadian Rugby Championship on Saturday evening. McRorie’s clinical performance saw the scrum half record a try, tacking on 3 conversions and adding 3 penalties. MrRorie’s only miss came from just inside the halfway line, striking the ball high off the left upright.
The BC Bears, meanwhile, had no answers to McRorie’s outburst, scoring on a lone Bryan Tyrer penalty in the 30-3 loss.
“We decided to play a lot more direct today, and I think we pressurized BC a fair bit,” said Wolfpack coach Graeme Moffat. “McRorie’s box kicking was excellent.”
The Wolfpack had opened up a 14 point lead at the break courtesy of tries from Shea O'Hallahan and Nick Blevins. The Wolfpack continued to push the Bears back in the second half, causing several turnovers and keeping the Bears on the back foot.
With the loss, the BC Bears will have little margin for error against the Ontario Blues and Atlantic Rock in upcoming fixtures.
“This is definitely a big wake up call," said Bears back Sean Ferguson. “We can still turn it around, anything can happen. We have two weeks now to regroup and come up with the next four wins.”
In the opposite locker room, Moffat was happy that his team has put themselves in an excellent position to seize their first Canadian Rugby Championship trophy.
“We’re the only team that has not yet won the MacTier Cup and its driving the guys pretty hard,” said Moffat.
As far as positives go, Ferguson liked the way the Bears continued to push until the end, with the Bears searching hard for a try in the closing minutes.
“I thought some of our forwards played better than last week,” said Bears forward coach Ken Goodland. “I thought we were pretty positive in the first half, aside from a couple dropped balls and mental errors that we thought we were going to fix. I felt in the second half we were inaccurate in the breakdown and lost our shape quite a bit. We just didn’t have the gas to keep our momentum going.”
The Bears next face the Atlantic Rock from North Vancouver’s Klahanie Park, Thu, Sep. 4 at 6:00P PST.
Canadian Rugby Championship Schedule and Results
Aug 9, 6:30pm: CRC BC Bears 10 - 31 Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary Rugby Park, Alberta)
Aug 16, 7:00pm: CRC Prairie Wolf Pack at 30-3 BC Bears (Apple Bowl, Kelowna)
Sept 4, 5:00pm: CRC Atlantic Rock at BC Bears (Klahanie Park, West Vancouver)
Sept 7, 1:00pm: CRC Ontario Blues at BC Bears (Klahanie Park, West Vancouver)
Sept 18, 8:00pm: CRC BC Bears at Ontario Blues (Guelph University Stadium)
Sept 21, 3:00pm: CRC BC Bears at Atlantic Rock (Swiler’s Rugby Complex, St. John's Newfoundland)