VRC hosts Crusaders and Ravens
Photos: Malin Jordan
|Jamie Overgaard breaks for the ball in first half action versus Chilliwack Oct. 5.|
BROCKTON OVAL – The Rowers won two from three Oct. 5 as the Club opened the CDI Premiership at home against the UBCOB Ravens. In the curtain-raiser the Thirsty Thirds downed the Chilliwack Crusaders, the 1sts shut down the Ravens, and the premier side fell to the Ravens.
The thirds sprinted out of the gate taking the game to the Crusaders almost immediately. The Rowers punched in a couple of quick tries off solid forward play and some stand-up “D” from the backline kept the Fraser Valley squad off the scoreboard early in the first half.
As the second half opened, the thirds continued their dominant play. Shortly after kickoff, Shaun Blythen took the ball into contact inside the Rowers’ 10-meter line. Blythen then made a seemingly impossible pop to a streaking Jamie Overgaard who tap-danced down the sideline 60 metres for paydirt. The try seemed to seal Chilliwack’s fate and the game was never in doubt after that. Final score: 60 to 10.
Fitness and execution ended up being the keys to a dominant 2nd half for the Rowing Club. Set pieces were near perfect, and the backs played on the front foot all day, outpacing their opposite numbers. The Rowing Club were dominant for the better part of the afternoon, only surrendering a try in the final minute for a final score of 55-14.
Coach Sabell used the lop-sided loss as an opportunity to impress upon his charges the “vital importance” of defence, and will no doubt be emphasising its importance in their coming clash with the Meralomas Oct. 19.
|A thirds player breaks for the line to score one of the Rowers’
opening tries versus Chilliwack.
|Blythen imposes a straight are before offloading to Overgaard,
who subsequently sprinted 60 metres for the score (See
time lapse video below).