Wins, big and small but all clutch!

From a barn burner at Piggie Park to a squeaker in the Hub City, the Piggies get back to their winning ways.

Premier Women 66 – Seattle 47

Cowichan Scorers:

Natasha Smith- 6 tries

Carolyn Gudmundseth – 3 tries

Quinn Battie -1 try

Avi Sharabi – 8 conversions

Congrats to Laura, Kelly and Tyson for making the PanAm Cup after a week of training. As exciting as that is, it also meant CRFC would take on the 2nd top team Seattle at home without our powerhouse trio.

Though Natasha Smith didn’t make the team this time, she played every bit like an international, running in 6 tries against the strong Seattle team.  

As the score indicates, it was an end to end game.  There were a few errors due to people playing out of position, plus back to back yellow cards but the Piggies took their time and worked things out.

The turning point was when Seattle knocked the ball on the try line – from there, the Piggies we knew we could compete against this team. 

While defensive play might have been in short supply, it was nice to finally have our system work so our speedy backs could be let loose.

This game was the first of a home-away series with Seattle.  The Piggies will travel south of the boarder this Saturday for the rematch (and yes, for those paying attention, that’s 2 trip to Seattle for CRFC this season).  The ladies are hoping for an upset but realize that’ll be a massive undertaking with such a long travel before a game. But the girls are ready for it!

Player of the games went to Natasha Smith and Ashely Smith

1st Division Men 12 – Nanaimo Hornets 10

Cowichan Scorers:

Bruce Moss – 1 try

Ty Jones – 1 try

Jenner Teufel – 1 conversion

The boys hit the road ready to finish the season strong last weekend.  With a score to settle, the feelings were high and positive.

The Piggies played an old school tight, drive and maul quintessential Cowichan game that Nanaimo wanted nothing to do with.  

The hosts opened the scoring with an unconverted try but from that point, the Piggies controlled most of the rest of the game.  

In spite of the control, Cowichan took their time to open the scoring.  A quick tap from a penalty by Bruce Moss with a convert from Jenner took the score to 7 -5 Piggies at half.

Nanaimo caught the Piggies off guard to start the second half and slotted their second unconverted try of the game.  And not unlike the first half, the Piggies then took possession and started grinding it out.  Finally, on the last play of the game, big Ty Jones rumbled over for the winning try.  12-10 final 

As mentioned before, the Cowichan Cup standings are incredibly close.  The top three teams all finished 4-2 and it was the bonus points that decided the final standings.  The Piggies finished 3rd with 19, closely behind Nanaimo with 21 and Westshore with 22.  

The boys head back up to Nanaimo this weekend for the Cowichan Cup semi-finals.   Westshore will host Port Alberni.  Unlike previous years, it’s not a winner takes all format from the Island.  The Cowichan Cup finalists will both proceed to play against mainland teams.  The full play-off structure is below (home team listed first)

BC Quarter- Finals:

1. Mainland 3 v Island 2

2. Mainland 2 v Mainland 4

BC Semi-Finals

3 . Mainland 1 v Winner Game 1

4.  Island 1 v Winner Game 2

BC Finals

5.  Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

The BC Finals could be either be all Island or all Mainland or a mixture.  Regardless, the Piggies are pushing to defend their Cowichan Cup championship and earn a spot in the finals.  That push starts this weekend.  Hope to see you at Bennett Park in Nanaimo on Saturday, Piggie Nation.

Mini & Junior Rugby

The Cowichan Spring Jamboree will be April 9, at Shawnigan Lake School!  Come out and cheer on the littlest Piggies!

U-14 Juniors are hosting the Rokeby School from England on April 7th, KO at 6pm and we are still looking for a few host families who can billet players.  Please contact Kenton if you’re able to help.

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