Game Report – April 16th

Weekend Results

1st Division Men 32 – Richmond RFC 15
2nd Division Men 0 – Richmond RFC 20 (DF)
1st Division Women 49 – United RFC 15

1st & 2nd Division Men

This past weekend saw a bit of a “saga” away trip for the 1st Div. Men. over in Richmond. Not only were the guys into a game with the #1 team from the fall Coulter League and Tier 2 Spring play, the trip back was interesting and a lengthy one.

None the less, the 1st Div Men are on a bit of a roll as of late with 3 straight wins before the Richmond match. Richmond is a tough, blue collar bunch with preliminary reports having Richmond with one of the best scrums in the league. Cowichan, who hasn’t had trouble with any team in the scrimmaging department, was up for the challenge.

The game started well for Cowichan with Josh Hart quickly gathering up ball off the kickoff and scampering through the whole Richmond team to score Cowichan’s first try of the game. That set the tone. The half went well for Cowichan who built a 29-0 lead before the half. Richmond were able to muster some offence in the second half after Cowichan emptied the bench making the final score a bonus point win for the Piggies at 29-15. That makes 4 in a row!

Footnote: The trip back was a long one with the “crash” on the Malahat closing that route down for 48 hours. Cowichan only learned of this as they got off the ferry at Swartz Bay. The club had to book rooms in Victoria and stay the night down island. The hopes of having the Malahat opened on Sunday frittered away so the decision was made to catch the ferry again to Saltspring Island then via Vesuvious back to the island in order to get home. Players finally arrived in the Duncan area at about 2pm Sunday.

Cowichan “Dodd’s Lumber” Piggies, before the weekend were sitting in 5th place. With the win, the Piggies vaulted both the Brit Lions and Richmond to now sit in 3rd place, 1 point behind Velox and 8 points behind the Capilanos. With one game left, Cowichan will still need a win to secure a solid spot in the semi finals as the Vancouver Rowing Club, Brit-Lions and Richmond are still within striking distance of the Piggies.

News from around the League

League play ends on April 30th and it should be a good brace of games as everyone, except 1st place Caps and last place Seattle, are still in the running for the coveted playoff spot.

Velox, with a big win up in Kamloops last weekend, will have to travel to Richmond for their final game. Richmond will want that home victory which will vault them into a spot. The Vancouver Rowing Club, who also won last weekend, and are 1 point behind the Piggies, will need to beat the Capilanos at home for them to secure a spot. Kamloops are mathematically still in the hunt but will need a miracle to slip into a playoff position. The Brit Lions, who suffered a 67-7 loss vs the Capilanos last weekend, will have to travel to Cowichan to play. Both Cowichan and the Brit Lions need to win to secure their spots.

The full BCRU standings are availabe on the CRFC under the menu Standings

Brit Lions, a proud club from Delta, seems to be in a bit of a quandary lately according to a letter to the BCRugby News. The rumour going around for the last few years that the Vancouver Whitecaps Soccer club is giving rugby the boot from their facility is apparently coming to fruition. See the letter from John Langley (Capilanos) on the BCRugby News. Let’s hope they can make the trip to Cowichan for the final league game.

1st Division Women

The Women had an important and decisive win over United at Piggie Park as well.  More information to come.

Gallery Updated

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We welcome other members to contribute to our photo gallery, please contact Caity and she’ll set you up with the details.

U-20 Canada Selections

Many fans have been asking, but the team roster has yet to be made public. We have heard several Piggies have been selected. We will not list the players as yet as RC should be coming out shortly with the roster. We can’t pre-empt the official list on 3rd party information.  We do know 8 Piggies did attend the selection camp and all players showed very well.

Canada U17 Team

Is in England right now and that roster has 3-4 Cowichan Juniors on the team. They lost this past weekend to England in what was classes as a close, competitive match. Good luck to the boys.

Local & North Island High School Rugby

Shawnigan Lake School and Cowichan Secondary are both doing very well in their respective league play this Spring. Shawnigan won the BC High Schools 7’s this past weekend and the 2nd place team was GP Vanier out of Courtenay.

Cowichan High School also placed very well in the 20 team tournament with a 6th place finish. Cowichan, in a pool with St Georges School, who hosted the tournament, beat #2 ranked St Georges 20-10 is what must have been the upset of the tournament. Cowichan advanced to semi finals, lost a close one to Carson Graham 12-0 (ranked #3 in the province in XV’s) then lost in the plate final to #6 Earl Marriott of Surrey in a 17-14 thriller. Piggie, Robin McDowell, is helping with the 7 aside program at Cowichan HS and it’s boding well for Ron Glass’ program at the school.

Brentwood College is coming along nicely and playing competitive rugby in their league play, AA BCS recently lost 24-5 to #5 Ranked AAA Oak Bay Last week.

North Island Rugby at the high school level is fairly strong right now with Shawnigan, GP Vanier and Cowichan all ranking in the top 12 in AAA rugby in the province. Ladysmith and Brentwood College are in the top 12 in the Province for AA Schools.

Vancouver Island High School 7’s 2012

CRFC has written a letter to Bryan Lynch, Pres., BC High School Rugby, with intention of perhaps hosting a High School 7’s tournament next Spring at the Rugby Club. This is only in the preliminary stages at this time and the club is looking for people to step up to form an organizing committing to get this going. Mr. Lynch has written the club expressing interest in this project. Stay tuned.

BC High School 7-aside Championships

Results from the BC High School 7’s Held this past weekend at St. George’s School in Vancouver.

Cup Championship: Shawnigan Lake 31, GP Vanier 5
Cup Consolation (3/4): Oak Bay 24, Carson Graham 5
Plate Final: Earl Marriott 17, Cowichan 14

Bowl Final: St. George’s 22, Kelowna 12
Shield Final: Robert Bateman 30, Glenlyon Norfolk 10

Tournament History
2010: GP Vanier defeats St. George’s 27-17 in Cup final
2009: St. George’s defeats Earl Marriott (Whiterock, BC) 36-19 in Cup final
2008: West Vancouver defeats Oak Bay High (Victoria, BC) 17-14 in Cup final
2007: St. George’s defeats Kelowna Christian (Kelowna, BC) 48-0 in Cup final

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