Rowers lose on road; will play final matches of the season April 12–UPDATE!
BURNABY–The Rowers travelled to Burnaby Lake for three games April 5, but all squads fell short of victory.
The thirds were in tough against a middle-of-the-pack Burnaby side that played a fast-paced game. Ultimately the thirds came up short 36-5.
The first division team went into Saturday’s game against league-leading Burnaby Lake with an air of quiet determination. The understudies were faced with an opportunity to show the league and themselves they belonged on the same patch as the best. They wanted to show they were capable of better play than some of their recent outcomes would suggest.
The Rowers’ initial pressure was very good, as they defended well against a high-paced Burnaby attack. It took perfect execution for Burnaby to earn the first try on a speedy wide-pattern play. Rowing Club captain and fly-half Henry Recinos answered the bell and pulled his club even with an inventive use of space and speed inside his opponents’ 22-metre line. Recinos laid a try right between the posts and slotted the conversion. A later penalty kick from Recinos would put the Rowers ahead in a fantastic first half of Rugby.
After half time, poor scrummaging by the Rowers pack (who were out-weighed and out-worked by a well-drilled Lakers’ scrum) left the visitors at a marked disadvantage. This allowed Burnaby more ball possession than a team of their calibre reasonably needs.
Burnaby finished the day with 28 points to the Rowers’ 10, taking a hard fought victory on their home patch. Though the pack will no doubt need work on their scrum in the coming week, one bright spot came from the line out, as hooker Aaron “Sushi” Collard was reunited with the dynamic jumper Maverick “The Stilt” Seed. Their crisp throws and catches were reminiscent of the Rowers’ OK Spring League finalist team of 2012.
The 1st div will look to finish the season on a high note next weekend away to UVic.
Despite failing to score any points, the Rowers’ top side can be said to have given a fair run to league-leading Burnaby Lake last weekend. Bounces did not go the Rowers way and standout-fullback Kevin Gurniak was taken out with a concussion before he could be of significant service to the red and white. Winger Caleb Hansen had several strong line breaks, but the team was unable to capitalize.
Coach Jeremy Sabell impressed upon his team after the game that they could hold their heads high despite a lop-sided 29-0 score line. He continues to believe the Rowers have the talent to be competitive in the B.C. premiership and he feels that focusing on the fine-tuning of individual weaknesses will be the missing piece that yields better results.
Indeed, there does not appear to be any glaring holes in the Rowers game, effort and talent being abundant. It has been observed the Rowers seem short on an ability to fight through hard luck and make the most of brief opportunities. As both problems improve only through game-day experience, there is good reason to believe this keen-to-play side will improve yet.
This week the Rowers face UVic at Wallace Field in Victoria. UVic is coming off a narrow 29-24 loss to the Ravens. If the Rowers can down the home side, they will finish their first season back in the premiership at 6-8 and in a very respectable sixth place.
UPDATE — APRIL 12 – last matches of the 2013-2014 season.
1 p.m. 3rds vs. Kats (Brockton Oval) The third division match has been cancelled.
1 p.m. 1sts @ UVic Norsemen (Wallace Field)
2:45 p.m. Premiers @ UVic Vikes (Wallace Field)
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