Game Report – May 7th

Story courtsey of Peter Rusland, Cowichan New Leader Pictorial

The Piggies fell to Richmond RFC 29-25 in the Okanagan Spring Brewery Division 1 Semi-Final
in a hotly contested battle this past Saturday.

Cowichan Rugby Club Premier men’s team ended its season Saturday after a nail-biting 29-25 loss to Richmond’s squad on the local lads’ home turf.

“They got off to a flyer, and we were down 12-nil after four minutes,” a disappointed Chris Evans of the Cowichan Piggies’ said of semifinal action in the Okanagan Springs Brewery League.

“They scored two tries, and ran riot and kicked a conversion. Then three minutes later, we got back into it with a penalty from Andrew Gudmundseth to make it 12-3 after he kicked a penalty goal for three points.”

The Piggies scored again after 14 minutes when Josh Hart caught the ball and ran under the posts in for a try (five points) before Gudmundseth kicked the conversion for two points.

Another penalty kick added by Gudmundseth for three points gave the homeboys a 13-12 lead.

“After some good forward pressure, J.T. Rowbotham crashed his way over for a try in the corner,” said Evans.

“We were unable to convert that but it took us to 18-12.

“Then from the kickoff, Steve Young caught the ball and gave it to Mike Rae who dished out a brilliant pass to Josh Hart who ran 70 metres to score under the posts.

“He beat off several would-be tacklers; just a brilliant effort.”

Gudmundseth converted for a 25-12 lead by Cowichan.

“Unfortunately, Richmond counterattacked from deep in their half, and after several missed tackles, scored a converted try to make it 25-19 at half time.”

In the second half “it was even-steven really, but 17 minutes in another counterattack from Richmond from their own five-metre line gave them a converted try to bring it to 25-26 in their favour.

“We infringed during a ruck at 34 minutes, and they kicked a goal to bring it to 29-25. In the dying seconds a final effort by Cowichan saw the home team cross Richmond’s line, but the Piggies were unable to ground score.”

Cowichan ended second in standings among eight teams.

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