BC Rugby Weekend of April 14th 2018

April 14 2018

BCRN 2018

Weekend Results: Lakers Knock Out Caps; Vikes Edge CW; Bays Defeat Valhallians; T-Birds Soar Past Lomas; Ravens Shut Down Saracens


Caps couldn't get the bonus point they so desperately needed and they're now out of the playoffs, their spot taken by James Bay who got the job done at home against Westshore. Burnaby finish in 3rd place and will host James Bay in the quarter-finals next weekend. Capilano finish 7th and just out of the playoffs.

Very important match for Capilano, a single bonus point sees them enter the playoffs, so play tight defence or go for broke and four tries? A loss without a BP and a JBAA bonus point win sees a tie breaking situation where it looks like the Bays go through with more wins in the season. The Caps proved they can run up the scoreboard as they ran in 41 points last weekend in their loss to UVic. A Burnaby win might give them second place if CW loses to UVic. There's no real advantage to 3rd or 4th both get home QF matches but the opponent will differ. Based on current form hosting Caps might be preferred to hosting UVic. Prediction: Burnaby by 8.

1 Nik Hildebrand
2 Micha Govorchin
3 Bryce Worden
4 Craig Mclaughlin
5 Mike Gough (Capt)
6 Mike O' Toole
7 Cody Rockson
8 Cole Mosychuk
9 Mark Higgins
10 Jack Caithness
11 Andrew Porter
12 Max Tacket
13 Cole Macqueen
14 Gino Paolella
15 Ben Mcivor

1. Mackenzie Mills
2. Rowan Baker
3. Neil Courtney
4. Rich Merinsky
5. Reid Tucker
6. Jonathan Webster
7. Jason de Freitas
8. Jordan Reid-Harvey
9. Chris Robinson (C)
10. Steven Cassells
11. Giles Klaver
12. Erik Hunter-James
13. Johnny Franklin
14. Jared Andrews-Almack
15. Austin Karius


CW were ahead for most of the match and looked to be in control, the halftime score was 16-12 in their favour. It was 26-15 at one point in the second half before UVic staged a late comeback and won by the narrowest of margins. It means a replay next weekend with this time a semi-final berth to the winner and season over for the loser. CW have some consolation winning the Barnard Cup awarded to the top Island Premier team at the end of the regular season.

Another key match with playoff implications, both teams guaranteed playoff spots but the scenario will change based on results. A CW win and a BP in the loss for UVic will guarantee that CW won't have to play UVic again next weekend. CW would then likely host Caps unless the Bays can overtake Caps for 6th place, in which case CW would host JBAA. A UVic win would favour a repeat of the match next weekend, depending on the Burnaby v Caps result. Prediction: CW by 5.

1. Spencer Cooper                       
2. Alex McAra
3. MacBryan Bos                                       
4. Jesse Burns                   
5. Gavin Kratz                                
6. Ollie Nott
7. James O’Neill
8. Jackson Matthews       
9. James Pitblado                                     
10. Grady Bowd
11. Cathal Long
12. Logan Martin-Feek    
13. Jack McCarthy
14. Ethan Hager                 
15. Brennig Prevost                                             
16. Callum Richards
17. Mostyn Findlay
18. Bryce Bostock
19. Carson O’Sullivan
20. Liam Morrison



James Bay came out firing and had this one locked up with BP by half time, 31-8. Westshore fought back in the second to make it a little closer but Bays had accomplished their mission and by the whistle their supporters already knew the Capilano result and were planning their celebration. The Bays earn a trip to Burnaby next weekend to take on the 3rd place Lakers.

James Bay have to win with a BP to have a slim chance of catching the Caps for the final playoff spot. They then have to hope Caps don't get a BP if they lose to Burnaby, if Caps win it's tee time for the Bays. James Bay have a couple of players back from Centralized training as they did last week, Noah Barker and Travis Larsen, a point that has irked a couple of other teams who were not on the receiving end of Kingsley Jones' largesse. It may be a moot point depending on what Capilano do on the day. Prediction: Bays by 7.

James Bay

1 Toby Berg
2 Casey Reed
3 Neil Hagerty
4 Jason Gagnier
5 Craig Inglis
6 Foster Dewitt
7 Jade Billington
8 Clay Panga
9 Mark Discombe
10 Matt Kemp
11 Rhett Moore
12 Niu Savea
13 Taylor McGuire
14 Tommy Lee
15 Jordan Tait


UBC finish the season top of the table, the three time defending champions now get a rest and get ready to host the winner5 of CW/UVic in 2 weeks time. The Lomas finish the season in 10th and along with Nanaimo 11th complete their first Premier season in a while, deciding to go up from Division One last year.

UBC roster not available yet as exams and injuries make selection tricky. UBC no doubt will rest key players as the match isn't critical, they either finish 1st or 2nd and host a semi-final match. The Lomas lost last weekend to Westshore and try to finish out their season with a win. Prediction: UBC by 11.

1. Paul Moriarty
2. Scott McGinley
3. Nathan Amey
4. Hank McQueen
5. Anton Belozerov
6. Patryck Zuk
7. Connor McCann
8. Josh Clarke (C)
9. Mike Hall
10. Guy Schwikkard
11. Ben Bula
12. Calum Baynham
13. Benji Cottle
14. Derek Townsend
15. Gavri Grossman
16. Dan Fumano
17. James Beck
18. Wes Lee
19. Ben Martin
20. Justyn fanselow
21. Stuart Turner
22. Killian Marmion
23. David Brammell

1: Clint Lemkus (Paul Roos)
2: Cali Martinez (Earl Marriott)
3: Joe Sourisseau (St George’s)
4: James Carson (Oak Bay)
5: Nolan Howell (Hugh McRoberts)
6: Cam McWilliam (St George’s)
7: Owain Ruttan (St Mary’s)
8: Nick Allen (Mulgrave)
9: Cole Keffer(Sutherland)
10: Nick Collett (Southridge)
11: Kevin Vertkas (Mentor College)
12: John. Jubenvill (Earl Marriott)
13: Ben Lesage (Henry Wisewood)
14: Jake Lan (Rockridge)
15: Theo Sauder (St George’s) ©


The high scoring Ravens were held to a modest 19 points and it was a relatively low scoring match. Ravens also get 2 weeks to prepare for the winner of Burnaby v James Bay as the second place team. They've had a great season which included a win over the MLR Houston Sabercats, the only Canadian team to win down there.

No roster yet from Seattle, the Ravens have been running up some large scores lately with big wins over JBAA and Nanaimo. The Seattle trip is always more challenging for BC teams however. The Ravens are travelling with a strong squad, they'll have a week to recuperate with a QF bye and await news of their opponent. They'll want to finish the regular season on a winning note to prepare for the playoffs. The Seattle situation is a little murky without a roster. The Seawolves are supposed to have a scrimmage with the Wolfpack on Sunday, closed to the public, still not verified. Will they release some players to the Saracens for the match? The strength of the Saracens team could vary widely depending on who is playing, there are 12 Saracens playing for the Seawolves this year. Prediction: Ravens by 9.

1 Paul Ahn
2 Alex Mascott
3 Chris Taylor
4 Sam Clarke
5 Jon Phelan
6 Nathan Kendrick (i)
7 Simon Etheve (i)
8 Conor Hamilton
9 Jorden Sandover-Best
10 Adam McQueen
11 Sean Ferguson
12 Ben Grant
13 Aj King (i)
14 Karsten Leithner
15 Harjun Gill
16 Garret Garbe
17 Dan Cervino (i)
18 Marc Belevdere
19 David O'Donoghue (i)
20 Nick Waggot
21 Kol Henrikson
22 Cameron Denhoff-Ball
23 Benz Henrikson


Standings Before Weekend

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