BC Rugby Weekend of January 12th 2019

January 12 2019


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BC Premier Weekend Results: T-Birds Edge Vikes; Ravens Soar Past Bays



This Saturday is a partial start to the second half of the BC Premier season, next weekend will be a full schedule. UVic and UBC resume their Wightman Cup total points series with UBC carrying a +19 from October. The Bays host defending champions UBCOB Ravens in the other match. Phil Berna gets a rare runout in XVs as he's coming back from a long term injury and the national 7s coach wants to see his fitness before putting him back into the World Rugby 7s series. Two players are down in Austin trialing for the Austin Elite. Already Canadians Doug Fraser, Josh and Travis Larsen are there and Mike Nieuwenhuysen from JBAA and Aiden McMullen from the Vikes are hoping to impress in the preseason.

UVic Vikes 23 @ UBC Thunderbirds 28

A back and forth battle with UBC carrying a 17-15 lead into the half. UBC win the Wightman Boot and take the points in the win. UBC have played 10 matches so far (7-3), and sit top of the standings in points with 37 but CW at 34 points have a 100% 7-0 record and have 3 games in hand on the T-Birds. The Vikes get a bonus point in the loss and remain in 5th place with 24 points. Vikes have a bye next week while UBC take on the Rowers at Brockton Oval.

PREGAME
#2 T-Birds host the #5 Vikes. UBC with a 6-3 record and +109 differential, UVic 4-4 with a +7 differential. UBC with a comprensive 45-26 win in the first match in October held in Victoria. UBC go in +19 to the second leg of the Wightman Boot competition between the two schools. Vikes missing Aiden McMullen who is in Austin for an MLR trial. Ollie Nott missing due to a bug. UBC with a solid forward pack likely have the edge there, Vikes with a good looking backline. Usually forwards determine who wins and backs by how much. Prediction: UBC by 6.

UVIC VIKES

Name Position High School
1. Thomas Di Fiore Prop Brentwood Secondary
2. Tyler Rockwell Hooker Western High School
3. Gavin Kratz Prop Oak Bay Secondary School
4. Nick Pearce Lock Argyle Secondary
5. Jackson Matthews Lock Loyola Secondary School
6. James O’Neill Flanker Shawnigan Lake School
7. Tom Heuser Flanker Sardis Secondary
8. Nicholas Carson Number 8 Oak Bay Secondary
9. Crosby Stewart Scrum-half Oak Bay Secondary
10. Grady Bowd Fly Half Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive
11. Kapi Vataiki Wing McRoberts Secondary
12. Logan Martin-Feek Centre Claremont Secondary
13. Lockie Kratz Centre Oak Bay Secondary
14. Ethan Hager Wing Brantford Collegiate Institute
15. Brennig Prevost Full Back Glenlyon-Norfolk School
16. Gui Costa Prop Shawnigan Lake School
18. Jenner Teufel Scrum Half Shawnigan Lake School
19. Carter White Hooker Oak Bay Secondary
20. Nat Dring Flanker Sullivan Heights Secondary
21. Denver Fatt Prop St. GeorgesSchool
22. Mostyn Findlay Centre Shawnigan Lake School
23. Jonas Robinson Centre St. Michaels Secondary
24. Jonah Hall Number 8 Oak Bay Secondary

UBC THUNDERBIRDS

15: Nick Collett (Southridge)
14: Jake Lan (Rockridge)
13: Daniel Archer (Renaissance College)
12: Flynn Heyes (Carson Graham)
11: Cole Keffer (Sutherland)
10: Adam McQueen (Canmore)
9: Fraser Hurst (St George’s)
8: Nick Allen (Mulgrave)
7: Jake Ikeda (Magee) ©
6: Michael Smith (Earl Marriott)
5: Nolan Howell (Hugh McRoberts)
4: James Carson (Oak Bay)
3: Nick Frost (Collingwood)
2: Connor Sampson (Charles Tupper)
1: Cali Martinez (Earl Marriott)


UBCOB Ravens 32 @ James Bay 19

A 6 try to 3 win for the visiting Ravens puts them comfortably in 4th place with 31 points and a 6-3 record. The Bays remain in 11th with a 2-6 record and 11 points. The Bays have a bye next weekend while the Ravens travel to take on the Lomas.

PREGAME
#4 Ravens visiting #11 James Bay to start the second half of the season off. Only two games on tap as the full schedule starts next weekend. Ravens with 5-3 record and a +48 differential, Bays with a 2-5 record and a -100 differential. Bays have had a tough time keeping a consistent roster with quality players like Mike Nieuwenhuysen, Moe Abdelmonen, Cooper Coats moving in and out due to injury and call ups to the national teams. Mike Nieuwenhuysen is down in Austin at an MLR trial. The good news is they have Phil Berna in the roster, Berna is coming off of injury on the 7s circuit and will be testing out his fitness prior to being in contention for the next 7s cycle. Liam Murray comes in at loosehead and it has been a while since we've seen him in club colours. For the Ravens Chris Taylor the former Ireland U20 prop seems to be back in starting form at tighthead. Jorden Sandover-Best is one of the several fine scrum halves in contention for a back up roll to incumbent Phil Mack on the national squad. Aaron McLelland who has been with the Ravens since 2016 has apparently been signed by the MLR Toronto Arrows but is keeping match fit with the Ravens in the meantime. Ravens edged UBC last match while the Bays lost a close one to Burnaby. It's never wise to take the Bays too lightly when playing at home but the Ravens record this season plus their status as defending champions gives them the nod. Prediction: Ravens by 7.

JBAA

1. Liam Murray
2. Andrew MacPherson
3. Blake van Heynigen Capt.
4. Fischer Kooman
5. Alex Jordan
6. Peter Masimo
7. Jake Slobodian
8. Luke Campbell
9. Aaron Evison
10. Elliot Johnson
11. Guillaume Caillaux
12. Thomas Burton
13. Phil Berna
14. Nathan Tough
15. Ben Curley

UBCOB RAVENS

1 Dim Gotsopoulos
2 Paul Ahn
3 Chris Taylor
4 Cameron McWilliam
5 Brian Moylett (i)
6 Matiaz Suez
7 David O'Donaghue (i) (c)
8 Connor Hamilton
9 Jorden Sandover-Best (RC)
10 Michael Nevin (i)
11 Graham Turner
12 Kol Henrikson
13 Conor Finn (i)
14 Jef Vyres
15 Aaron McLelland
16 Curtis Delmonico
17 Keegan Fletcher
18 Benji Couling
19 Jake Wolfman
20 Kelepi Gucake
21 Cameron Denhoff-Ball

22 Benz Henrikson

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