Monday's Musings

(Photo - Rugby Canada)


CWRFC congratulates Caroline, Sophie and all of their team mates on their ‘underdog victory’ in the bronze medal match yesterday, defeating Australia by a score of 19 – 14. Earlier, they had squeaked by the USA, 12 - 10 in quarter-final play, and facing NZ (eventual winners), in the semis, they succumbed but far from any embarrassment, keeping it close and the fans on their toes. In fact, a rub of the green call, courtesy of the ump was arguably the difference. An oft claimed point of this writer being, the higher ranked team gets the benefit of the call. The 7 - 15 result saw them face the Competition leading, Aussies for the bronze medal. To the joy of a full house, the ladies came up with big time game and ousted the Aussies, 19 – 14. ‘Onyas, ladies.  


As for the men, a few glimmers of local interest but not much else.  A great, all-star pop-up pass from Captain Berna to Jacko Carson in a 10 – 12 loss to Competition leaders and eventual, tournament winners, Argentina on day #1. (photo, credit, Pat Carr.)  Jo Jo,” Mercury” Morra scored a lone tally in a 14 – 31 loss to Spain and then added a brace in a better effort from the team against The Blitzbokkies. A final second loss in overtime to Spain with another Carson try, saw the men in the basement with a total bagel for the tournament.

There needs to be more energy from the group should they wish for an Olympics chance in repecharge play henceforth.


ON THE LOCAL SCENE – UPCOMING, March 2nd. Women’s Prems begin their campaign on the road, visiting UBC. Women’s Divvies Vs Comox & Men’s Islanders Vs Burnaby, with both games being at the House of Windsor. Also, last week, Jacob Bossi and Tom Donaldson played for a Canada Selects side against the MLR, Seattle Seawolves. The score favored the Seawolves 40 – 0 at the half and full time, 54 – 7.  Quite the disparity!



Canada NSWT was the main highlight and it was excellent value and augers well for their continued improvement. I give Krissy Scurfield my P(layer)O(f) the T(ournament) for Canada. Dupont, akin to de Goede, changing from the XV aside game, on debut for France Men; Perry Baker’s customary Pace Picnic; and the ball skills and alignment support of the Argies to win their trifecta of Vancouver Sevens titles, were highlights on the men’s side.


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