BC Club Rugby Playoff Picture: Men's Premier, Premier Reserve, Division One, Division Two and Division Three
In men's Premier there are two playoff games coming up, CW hosting UVic and Burnaby hosting James Bay. At first glance the two higher ranked home teams, CW and Burnaby look good to go through. However UVic are one of the hot teams right now having defeated CW by one point last weekend. Will there be any roster surprises? Canada coach Kingsley Jones has been holding players back from club rugby, will he relax that grip for the playoffs? Burnaby are solid favourites at home but never count the Bays out in the playoffs. We'll have more on Friday when the rosters are published. UBC and Ravens as top two have a bye in the first round.
In Premier Reserve Burnaby and Meraloma as #1 and #2 get a first round bye. It will be #3 UBC hosting #6 CW and #4 UVic hosting #5 Ravens this weekend. Burnaby with a healthy lead in the regular season will be favourites in this division.
In Division One it's Surrey as top seed then Cowichan #2, followed by Bayside, Rowing Club, Abbotsford, Langley, United and Port Alberni so Saturday's games are:
#1 Surrey vs #8 Port Alberni
#2 Cowichan vs #7 United
#3 Bayside vs # 6 Langley
#4 Vancouver Rowing Club vs #5 Abbotsford
Abbotsford have owned Division One in the past and Vancouver Rowing Club just stepping down from Premier would be rated highly as well but Surrey go into the playoffs as top seed and favourites.
In Division 2 VRC are top dogs with Kamloops as serious contenders. Surrey and Burnaby round out the top four and all will host this weekend.
#1 Vancouver Rowing Club vs #8 Brit Lions
#2 Kamloops vs #7 Kelowna
#3 Surrey vs #6 Bayside
#4 Burnaby vs #5 Langley
In Division 3 Capilano go in as favourites, they won the 3B title last year. Westshore won the 3A last year and are ranked #2, a strong Squamish side are ranked #3 and Lomas #4. They all host matches this weekend.
#1 Capilano vs #8 Kats
#2 Westshore vs #7 Chilliwack
#3 Squamish vs #6 Ridge Meadows
#4 Meraloma vs #5 CW
The women's Premier club playoffs won't start until April 28th.