2017-2018 Regular Season Closes Out

Piggies 41- Port Alberni Black Sheep 0

Cowichan Scorers:
Owen Wood 1 try, 1 penalty, 3 conversions 
James Paterson:  1 try
Colten Smith: 1 try
Robin Gusse: 1 try
Bruce Moss: 1 try
Cody Milne: 1 try

The Piggies went to Port last weekend looking to secure the Cowichan Cup and the 2nd seed in the BCRU 1st Division Play-offs.  They needed a win or failing that, hold the Sheep to less than 25 in a loss (owing to point differential).  But a win is what the boys were shooting for, a decisive win is what they got.

It was a typical west coast wet day in Port and both teams struggled with the conditions from the outset.  Spilled balls were a common occurrence from the outset.  Much of the first half was played around the Port side of mid-field, with a handful of Piggie incursions below the 10 m area that ultimately resulted in turnovers due to handling errors and strong defense by the Sheep.  It was nearly half time before James Paterson finally broke through to score under the posts. Owen Wood converted and added a penalty moments later to take the 10-0 lead into half.

Having finally solved the weather and the Sheep’s smothering defensive late in the first half, the Piggies went straight back to work.  The first try of the second came as a result of power running from forwards Sean Williams and Darren Sage, with Robin Gusse finishing in the corner, convert wide.  The ensuing kick off was won by the Piggies, and quick try under the posts by Owen.  He converts his own try and from there, it was pretty much a done deal.  Bruce Moss, Cody Milne and rookie Colten Smith all added tries to bring the final score to 41-0.

The goal was the win to secure the second seed in the BCRU play-offs and the goal was achieved with a solid team effort.  Despite the uneven schedule, the Piggies have worked hard off and on the training pitch.  They stayed focused and disciplined (for the most part) and were rewarded for that effort, bringing the Cowichan Cup home (though not the actual trophy, not too sure where it is).  

Going into the play-offs Piggies will play either United or Langley at home on April 21. Those teams will square off in their league finale this weekend, and Cowichan will face the loser.

The Piggies beat Langley in an exhibition match earlier this year. They were supposed to play United, but that didn’t work out for a variety of reasons.

In preparation for that match, the Piggies will head to Nanaimo tomorrow to play the Hornets’ First Division side, which is out of playoff contention. The match will honour Wayne Peace, a former player who starred for both clubs and died in 2007.

Kick-off is 1:00 pm at Bennett Park, Dover Bay Road, Nanaimo.

Mini – Junior Rugby

Next weekend marks the end of the mini and junior seasons.  Cowichan will host the last jamboree in partnership with Shawnigan Lake School April 14th.  Many thanks for all the coaches and organizers who keep our Piglets program moving along. 

CRFC was one of the first clubs (if not the first) to formalize mini rugby into our club back in the mid-90s and it’s been going strong ever since.  Multiple players on both senior sides and other Piggie alumni are ‘graduates’ of this program.  If you’re in the area next weekend, pop by to cheer on the kids!

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