Monday's Musings

Fun Day at The House.  CW wishes to thank Nanaimo Hornets for coming down for an exhibition stint on Saturday last.  Our boys were able to give a group of Islanders a run and the Visitors managed a thirty something to twenty something win.  Players then retired to The Penny for post game libations.  A big shout out to The Don for organizing this match.



Canada’s Men’s Sevens, led by last week’s Los Angeles DHL Impact Player of the tournament, Josiah Morra, finally made a mark in Vancouver on Friday at the HSBC Series when they defeated Australia.  Morrah’s stats, at this point of 17 tackles, 3 line breaks, 3 offloads and 27 carries represented his work rate and just how far he has come with this program.  He has inherited a leadership role with the group.  Despite such good news, the ultimate outcome of the team’s effort was not very positive after Day #3 losses to Spain and RSA, for a final 15th place finish, leaving a sour taste. This outcome was particularly bitter as Australia earned 17 points and Canada earned a single point in the event.

Lockie and Jacko support Tom at Age U14.

From the CW Mini Rugby Factory, Lockie Kratz’s playmaking and Jacko Carson’s unpredictable thrusts were also exciting throughout the tourney. With Lockie at UVic and Jack at UBC they continue to hone skills learned in their younger days. One could well ask why there is such special chemistry between these two men.  Both started in Mini Rugby at Windsor at age six and continued to play together over the ensuing twelve years! Special mention is made of Lockie’s perfect converts Vs Chile, two of which were slotted from the sideline.


Matt Percillier, along with the above mentioned, had a most impressive outing for the men.

The real BOUQUETS from a Canadian perspective, go to our Women. A tight, tough 5 - 10 loss to the Women’s winners, New Zealand, and a similar 17 – 22 loss to Fiji for a sixth place finish must have been heartening.  International Women’s 7’s standards have improved since the Canadian bronze medal in 2016 at the Olympics. It is to be hoped that this result is a springboard for continued Canadian progress.