BC Rugby Weekend of March 17th 2018

March 17 2018


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Weekend Results: T-Birds Soar Past Bays; Vikes Dominate Lomas; CW Sting Hornets; Saracens Defeat Valhallians; Ravens Top Caps


JAMES BAY 19 v UBC 52

UBC went out quickly and never looked back. They were up at the half 28-7. They sit at 65 points, 2 behind league leading Ravens at 67. There's now a 5 point gap between them and 3rd place Burnaby at 30 points and the Birds have a game in hand. The loss puts the Bays in a tie for 6th place with UVic who are on fire putting up big numbers in their last 3 matches.

PREGAME
UBC are carrying a few injuries, their big prop Clint Lemkus is out for the week, he's a future national team player once his residency period is complete. Theo Sauder is moved from his usual 10/15 role to #13 according to the roster. UBC are a well coached team but James Bay at home are a difficult task and UBC have tasted defeat a few times on this pitch. The battle at 13 will be interesting Theo Sauder v Clayton Meeres. The Bays have a solid tight five and if they can create the upset it will start there. Expect some expansive, high tempo rugby once the ball hits the backline and the students may have an advantage there. James Bay currently in 6th place with UVic chasing them for the final spot and Capilano resting just above them in 5th. UBC are in second but Burnaby are close behind, UBC could lose a home semi-final berth if they stop racking up points in the win column. Should be a competitive match but based on current form UBC get the nod. Prediction: UBC by 3.

James Bay


UBC
1 Conor Sampson (Charles Tupper)
2 Harrison Smith (Handsworth)
3 Cali Martinez (Earl Marriott)
4 Cam McWilliam (St George’s)
5 James Carson (Oak Bay)
6 Owain Ruttan (St Mary’s)
7 Jake Ikeda (Magee) ©
8 Nick Allen (Mulgrave)
9 Cole Keffer (Sutherland)
10 Wes Wong (Shawnigan Lake)
11 Wes Black (Claremont)
12 John Jubenvill (Earl Marriott)
13 Theo Sauder (St George’s) ©
14 Jake Lan (Rockridge)
15 Nick Collett (Southridge)


MERALOMA 17 v U OF VICTORIA 47

The UVic front row are starting to gel and make an impact which helps set the platform. The fullback Brennig Prevost continues to impress scoring two tries this week. The students have knocked off #2 and #3 in previous weeks and this week dominate a good Lomas side. They're now tied with JBAA for #6 and aren't the team you would want to meet in the playoffs as they're hitting their form. Next week they host Westshore, while JBAA travel to Ravens. Lomas are out of the playoff run and have a bye next week.

PREGAME
UVic are one of the form teams right now, a win coupled with a JBAA loss would see them right in the hunt for the final playoff spot. We'll see if they can continue their winning form on the road, they knocked off the #2 and #3 teams in their last two outings. The Lomas are all but out of playoff contention with only two matches left after this one. They lost their last match to James Bay on the road, they'll be a little tougher at home. Prediction: UVic by 8.

UVic
1. MacBryan Bos
2. Spencer Cooper
3. Alex McAra
4. Gavin Kratz
5. Jesse Burns
6. Ollie Nott
7. James O’Neill
8. Jackson Matthews
9. James Pitblado
10. Logan Martin-Feek
11. Aidan McMullan
12. Guiseppe du Toit
13. Jack McCarthy
14. Aidan McMullan
15. Brennig Prevost
16. Conor Keys
16. Callum Richards
18. Tom Heuser
19. Bryce Bostock
20. Liam Morrison
21. Liam Mahon
22. Arron Hersant
23. Cathal Long

Meraloma
1. Paul Moriarty
2. Scott McGinley
3. Wes Lee
4. Anton Belozerov
5. Ben Martin
6. Patrick Zuk
7. Connor McCann
8. Josh Clarke (C)
9. Tom Viljoen
10. Guy Schwikkard
11. Evan Lloyd
12. Calum Baynham
13. Benji Cottle
14. Derek Townsend
15. Mike Hall
16. Dan Fumano
17. Nathan Amey
18. Cian Byrne
19. Hank McQueen
20. Billy Noonan
21. Steff Evans
22. Dom Boyd
23. Gavri Grossman


NANAIMO 41 v CASTAWAY WANDERERS 61

Looks like a basketball score as both teams ran in tries but apparently didn't play a lot of defence. Score was 35-17 at half for CW, bonus points for both sides. CW take 3rd place, 2 points ahead of the dormant Burnaby, both teams have 3 games left. CW travel to Seattle next week, a tough match while Burnaby travel to UBC, even tougher. If UVic finish 6th then 3rd place isn't necessarily a great place to be and 4th in the league may be a better option - so losses next week won't be critical as both Burnaby and CW look assured a quarter-final home game.

PREGAME
Nanaimo another team out of the playoff race, they surprised James Bay a few weeks ago so can't be taken lightly, especially when playing on their home field. CW had a sub par outing against Westshore away from home but defeated 3rd place Burnaby at home the week before. Both teams missing players to the Canada U19 tour leaving to Ireland next week. CW should have too much consistency through their XV while Nanaimo have a few gaps. The battle at 13 Doug Fraser v Jared Stephens is one national selectors will want to watch. Prediction: CW by 8.

Nanaimo


CW


SEATTLE 71 v WESTSHORE 32

Another basketball score, Westshore were actually leading just before half, one of the travelling crew optimistically messaging, "Premier team winning 17-12 with a bit to go in first half". It will be interesting to hear what transpired after that as subsequent messages were 52-25 Seattle, 52-32 and 71-32, bench strength seems to be the first thought. Westshore are out of post season play but Seattle are fighting for a playoff spot. Four teams battling for two spots, Caps 41 (16), JBAA 39 (16), UVic 39 (16) and Seattle 38 (17). Seattle are a point behind and have one less match, the good news is their remaining games are at home. Seattle host CW next week which will be hugely important for their playoff chances.

PREGAME
Westshore recorded a strong win over CW in their last match at home, their forward pack has been setting the platform for recent strong performances against CW and Ravens. This time out they're missing their on-form #8 Clay Panga, that will have an impact. Seattle always a tough road trip, they have a pacey backline capable of putting points on the board quickly. Seattle still in the hunt for a playoff spot and a win here is key to keeping that ambition alive. Prediction: Seattle by 5.

Seattle
1. Kellen Gordon (c)
2. Louis Henson
3. Danny Sonon
4. Taylor Krumrei
5. Nick McKenna
6. Kody O’Neil
7. Cole Van Harn
8. Hannibal Vaivao
9. Isaiah Chinen
10. Johnny Reid
11. Dion Crowder
12. Will Stowers
13. Sequoyah Burke Combs
14. James Tiquiri
15. Cecil Ala

Westshore

1 Neil Hagerty
2 Jade Billington (i)
3 Toby Berg
4 Jason Gagnier
5 Craig Inglis
6 Foster Dewitt
7 Kyle White
8 Aidan McCleary
9 Mark Discombe
10 Tyrone Gersch (I)
11 Niu Savea
12 Taylor McGuire (I)
13 Paul Henri Van Thiel
14 Tommy Lee
15 Jordan Tait


UBCOB RAVENS 55 v CAPILANO 5

Ravens found their form and gave the visiting Caps a pummeling. Caps now have a slim hold on 5th but with UVic and Seattle charging. Caps host Nanaimo next week while James Bay travel to league leading Ravens. Caps control their destiny as they face both James Bay and UVic in the following weeks before finishing out against Burnaby on the road. Ravens host JBAA and Nanaimo before finishing with a road trip to Seattle.

PREGAME
Ravens have gone off the boil a bit in their last couple of matches, struggling against Westshore and then losing to UVic. Their forward pack haven't been dominant and the breakdown work against Westshore was a key area where they struggled. They have a dynamic backline but are missing Aaron McLelland who is playing with the Ontario Arrows in their exhibition series. Caps haven't had a match since Feb 17th when they defeated Seattle at home, before that they upset UBC. They're missing Glenn McKinnon at #8 but their ball control game may give Ravens problems. It should be an interesting matchup. Prediction: Ravens by 2.

Capilano
1 - Mackenzie Mills
2 - Rowan Baker
3 - Jesse Ryan
4 - Neil Courtney
5 - Rich Merinsky
6 - Jason de Freitas
7 - Reid Tucker
8 - Jonathan Webster
9 - Chris Robinson (C)
10 - Steven Cassells
11 - Giles Klaver
12 - Chad Carlsen
13 - Johnny Franklin
14 - Erik Hunter-James
15 - Sam Franklin

Ravens
1 Garret Garbe
2 Paul Ahn
3 Marc Belvedere
4 Jon Phelan
5 Sam Clarke
6 Nick Waggott
7 Karl Moran (i)
8 Connor Hamilton
9 Jorden Sandover-Best
10 Adam McQueen
11 Cully Quirk ©
12 Ben Grant
13 Aj King (i)
14 Sean Ferguson
15 Harjun Gill
16 Curtis delmonico
17 Alex Mascott
18 Dimitri Gotsopoulos
19 Nathan Kendrick (i)
20 David O'Donoghue (i)
21 Kol Henrikson
22 Karsten Leithner
23 Benz Henrikson


STANDINGS March 18th
Team GP Results BP TP

Ravens 17 14-3-0 11 67
UBC 16 13-3-0 13 65
CW 17 12-5-0 12 60
Burnaby 17 11-6-0 14 58
Capilano 16 7-9-0 13 41
James Bay 16 8-8-0 7 39
UVic 16 7-9-0 11 39
Seattle 17 6-10-0 9 38
Westshore 16 5-10-0 7 28
Meraloma 18 5-13-0 7 27
Nanaimo 18 3-15-0 8 20

Next Weekend

24 MAR 2018 CAPILANO v NANAIMO @ KLAHANIE PARK
24 MAR 2018 SEATTLE v CASTAWAY WANDERERS @ RYAN FIELD
24 MAR 2018 UBC v BURNABY LAKE @ UBC
24 MAR 2018 UBCOB RAVENS v JAMES BAY AA @ JERICHO
24 MAR 2018 U OF VICTORIA v WESTSHORE @ U OF VICTORIA

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