Piggies roll on

Games this weekend:

  • 1st division men host Bayside Sharks, 1:30 pm kick-off

1st Division Men 36 – United RFC 26

Cowichan Scorers:

Owen Woods:  1 penalty, 3 converts
Jenner Teufel:  1 try
Louis Gudmundseth: 1 try
Sean Williams: 1 try
James Paterson: 1 try
Noah Dobson: 1 try

It was a beautiful sunny day, the sidelines were packed and the Piggies were ready.  The boys came out fast and furious with Jenner scoring from the opening kick-off.  A strong start was the statement the Piggies wanted to send and who better to deliver it then the team captain?

As the half progressed, both teams struggled with flow and messy play at the breakdown, though field position and ball possession largely favoured the Piggies.  About the 20 minute mark, persistence and patience paid off when Louis showed some of his younger-centre-playing-days form, slashed his way through the United backline to score the second try of the game. 

Sean Williams followed up with another strong effort to score the third try about 10 minutes later.  Owen converted all three tries and added a penalty of his own to close out a strong first half, 24-0.

This was one of those “tale of two halves” games.  With such a dominating first half, the Piggies confidence was high… perhaps a little too high.  Ill discipline meant the Piggies went down a man and United made us pay with an early unconverted try.  Not to be outdone, the Piggies answered back with 2 tries from Noah and James. 

Would this comfortable lead 36-5 be enough to see us through to the semis? United said “not so fast” and began a steady onslaught that resulted in 3 converted tries to close out the game. 

Sufficed to say, the last 10-15 minutes of the game were nerve-racking on coach Wright and Piggie supporters on hand.  The final whistle blew following United’s last try-conversion, 36-26.
  
And while we must give credit where credit is due to United for their fight back effort, the Piggies did let them back in the game.  The score was not reflective of the play on the field.  Focus, execution and discipline will paramount in their preparation this week.

Next up is the BC Rugby Semi-Finals against Bayside.  You may recall that Bayside visited Piggie Park in the fall, the day when we closed out the Hearn’s old clubhouse.  The Sharks played spoiler on the day winning 19-6. 

The Piggies play and personnel has evolved since that match.  We’re not as big as many sides but the attention to fitness, skill and discipline has produced results.  Both teams will be hungry for that BC Final birth.  Expect a hard, exciting game this Saturday.

The concession will be open again and the beer is still cold!  Kick off is 1:30 pm.  See you there Piggie Nation!

Thank you

Hosting big games takes a lot of work, most of which isn’t seen on the day.  Big thank you to the following:

  • Howdy (also known as Vince Avery) for taping the boys before the game
  • Diana, Mary and Chantal for running the concession and feeding both teams
  • Granny and Mossy for preparing the fields
  • Darren for running the bar
  • Everyone else who tidied up and made the club look nice

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