Bonus Point Upset for Hosts
CW Premier Women came up HUGE against an undefeated, league-leading Capilanos on Saturday. The Tricolours opening try, courtesy of Natasha Louckes came very early. It was followed in short order after some committed running and quality transfers and so it continued until the interval, a 29 – 12 advantage to the hosts.
Despite a valiant second half from a committed Cap (24 – 12) effort, the lead proved to be sufficient to carry the day, 41 – 36. One spectator was heard to say; “A commitment to running rugby” and from management; “An even greater improvement with the defensive effort”. With the W, CW moves into the top four with Burnaby being the next opponents at home on March 11th. Go, you beauties!
The main game was prefaced by another Old Boy’s win. Despite our web pundit opining that a CW win would not surprise, the score line read as if the Rippers had taken offense to this prognostication! This one was tight at the half but UBCOB scored 24 unanswered points in their second half outburst. Final Rippers 36, CW 11. Quinn Horton earned the Divvies Hard Hat. (The Sage)
Ed. The Premier league table is now very tight at the top with Burnaby leaping into the top spot with 53 points from 12 games; UBC 52 points from 13 games; CW 49 points from 12 games and UBCOB 46 points from 12 games. Every game for our chaps will be vital to win and must be taken one at a time, meaning a hungry Westshore will need to be overcome on Thursday. Fans will be licking their chops about the upcoming match at Windsor Vs Burnaby. The age old adage that a team is happy when their fate is under their own control befits all of the top four with terriers nipping to cause upsets in the remaining games.
I cannot praise Nate Hirayama enough. He is so special to watch and he topped the Vergas Tourney for point scoring. Connor Braid gave another quality effort and led all ball carriers in the tournament. I thought Mullet McCloskey had his best tournament for some time, filling in for Pat Kay, Luke made some good decisions and showed fair pace. Thiel had a very good tourney and should he progress at the level he showed in Vegas, he will be a pleasant surprise. Mullins had some moments as did Fuli and Harry Jones came through unscathed, having had his shoulder tested in a number of hard tackles. With all these kudos, it would seem that the overall result would be better. In fact the case is that almost all of the teams can have good and bad moments, games and tournaments and they are just so close that the slightest error can make the difference. Canada has drawn a challenging pool for Vancouver a mere three days away – Fiji, Samoa and Kenya. It is to be hoped that with the home field, the boys might get the rub of the green on a couple of occasions and even if they don’t, they are good value to watch in my books! Go, Big Red Machine.