Junior Piggies BC Final Bound

Congratulations to the U16 Boys who beat CW last weekend and earned a trip to the BC Finals, and the U18 Boys who will be playing for bronze after a tough loss to CW.  Cowichan will host the U16 Final and the U18s will head to Victoria to claim a spot on the podium.  

If you’re in either neighbour Piggie Nation, stop by to cheer on the Junior Piggies!

Games this Weekend

Saturday, November 28

  • Premier Women host Capilano RFC, 12:00 pm K/O
  • 1st Division Men @ Nanaimo RFC, 1:00 pm K/O **Times Cup Semi-Final

Sunday, November 29

U16 Boys host Capilano RFC, 1:30 pm K/O **BCRU Championship Final

U18 Boys vs Bayside RFC @ UVic Centennial Stadium, 12:30 pm K/O **BCRU Bronze Medal Match

Also on Sunday at Piggie Park

U16 CW vs U16 Westshore, 12:00 pm K/O **BCRU Bronze Medal Match

Game Reports

U16 Boys 29 – CW 12 Carson Cup, Island Championship

(Report courtesy of CW Rugby)

The Piggies quickly jumped out to a 14 – 5 lead with two well-earned tries.  CW seemed to settle and showed some good phases.  Players from both sides enthusiastically engaged each other, with skill, pace and structure at the fore.  The teams had some big, strong boys and there was plenty of courage shown in the tackle.  This score line remained at the interval.

Cowichan had decided strength with a big, hard running prop who added to their total early in the second stanza, 19 – 5, after his forty meter romp.  The Piggies had other strengths with skill and pace at #12, 11 and a rather clever #10 who directed his runners with skilled passes.  #12 crossed for his brace and a 24 – 5 lead.  Late in the game, he broke away again for an “unconfirmed” hat trick, 29 – 5.  CW tried hard but the defensive pressure caused handling errors and denied continuity.  CW did score late in the game to reduce the gap to 12 – 29, probably a fair indication of the difference between the two sides on the day.

U18 Boys 12 – CW 21 Island Championship

(Report courtesy of CW Rugby – edited)

This match opened with an early CW penalty and then ebbed as the two sides tested each other.  The skill level was high and the pace, aplenty.  CW’s eventually broke opened the game with an unconverted try, 10 – 0 CW.  Cowichan responded after a good build up, ending in a well-earned, diving try in the corner, 10 – 5.  CW scored again just before the half, stretching their lead to 13 – 5 at the interval.

The second half started with early Cowichan scoring following a fifty meter run of tackle eluding classic swerving, 13 – 12.  Game on!  A Cowichan penalty for a high tackle, lead to a quick CW tap and try, 18 – 12 CW.  Cowichan was still definitely “in the game”.  Only a ‘last man back’ tackle saved a try after a forty meter breakout.  CW added one more penalty to stretch their lead to 21-12.

The dying minutes were very exciting – both sides made try saving tackles.  The game finished with Cowichan pressuring the CW “red zone” but it was not to be.  

Both sides battled from start to finish and should be tremendously proud of their effort.  

Game Reports

1st Division Men 34 – Westshore Velox (2) 12 

Cowichan Scorers:

Matt Melgaard – 2 tries

Jenner Teufel – 2 tries, 2 converts

Mike Roberts – 1 try

Rogi Young – 1 try

The 1sts finished off their regular season with another solid bonus point win. The Piggies will take their 6 game winning streak into the Times Cup semi-finals against Nanaimo – in Nanaimo – this weekend.  

Another solid effort, with a score sheet replete of ‘old timer’ names: Melgarard, Roberts, Young and Teufel (the Younger).  The Piggies have a nice mix of youth and experience this fall and after a shaky start, are really gelling.

Credit to the VIRU for making a proper competition of the Times Cup.  The North Island teams have been utterly dominating the 1st division this fall.  The Norseman took off to an early, seemingly uncatchable lead, but dropped off late in the season, losing games to Nanaimo and Port Alberni.  In fact, the Norse have played one more game than the rest of the top 4 teams so their point count is artificially high.  

Given the parity among the top 4 teams,  it’s expected these weekend’s games will be  evenly matched and hard fought!

Premier Women 5 – Westhore Velox 36

Cowichan Scorers:

Laura Russell – 1 try

Jenna Budgen – 1 try

The Ladies hosted the reigning BC Champions, Westshore.

This was the second time Cowichan played Westshore this fall.  In the first match in September, the Piggies lost 34-15, which the Piggie Nation will recall, was a game with a score line that didn’t reflect the Piggies’ effort.  This past weekend’s loss was a different matter.  The ladies didn’t execute their game plan, especially after doing so spectacularly the weekend before against Burnaby.

Player of the games was  back Rikki Wylie.~ Rikki played fullback ~ and forward went to Megan Crump who stepped up to played hooker.  Well done ladies

The Prems host Capilano 12pm at Piggie Park this weekend.  In bad for us/good for her news, Cowichan will be missing Laura Russell for the next two weeks as she is off to Dubai with the Canadian Maple Leaf 7s teams.  Laura got called up last week – Canada has a speedy team but needed someone to distribute the ball, and are looking for Laura to be that player!  Best of luck to Laura and all the Canadian teams

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