Cowichan Cup Comes Home

Game this Weekend

1st Division Men host Surrey Beavers, K/O 1:00 pm

1st Division Men 22 – Westshore 12

No one is quite sure how long it is been since Cowichan held the Cowichan Cup but nearly 100 old dented (dent courtesy of Tom Varty and his teammates) prize is finally “home”.

The game was everything it was expected to be – physical and passionate. A complete team game – the opening try scored by a prop, the final try scored by the fullback.

The Piggies jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Dan James rumbled in for the first tally, converted by Jenner Teufel to take an early 7-0 lead. Shortly there after, James Paterson crossed the line to stretch the Piggies lead to 12-0.

Westshore closed the gap toward the end of the half, 12-7 at the break.

Shortly into the second half, a defensive lapse gave Westshore a penalty in front of the posts, tying the game at 12-12. And there the game stayed till the last 6 minutes of the game.

As the time wound down, the tension rose. It became clear the team that kept their cool, that stuck to their game plan, would be the team that won. The Piggies did just that. The forwards dominated from start to finish, the backs were quick off the line, stifling the Westshore backs with big hits and forcing a high number of knock-ons for perfectly dry day.

As as time wore down, it was the adherence to the game plan and, crucially, discipline that brought the championship home. Cynical play and poor discipline lead to a Westshore penalty and yellow card – Jenner stepped up and took the 3 for the lead, 15-12 Piggies.

With fresh memories of a lead lost in the dying moments not 2 weeks back, the Piggies kept the pressure on. After both teams exchanged kicks in the midfiled, veteran Matt Melgaard chipped the ball deep into the Westshore corner. With only one player back in coverage and James Paterson baring down on him like a freight train, the lone Westshore player coughed up the ball – Melgaard scooped it up and score in the corner. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Jenner stepped up, converted the try and put the nail in the coffin. 22-12 final score.

This weekend Cowichan with host Surrey Beavers in the BC semi-finals. Surrey, who are the Vancouver league #2 seed , is an unknown entity to the Piggies. Sticking to the formula, leading from the front, has been the key to Cowichan success all season and is expected to be the key to this weekend’s game as well.

Piggie Nation – see you Saturday!



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