The VRC Prem Reserves earned a solid home win against a strong Seattle team today, using discipline and execution to come out on top at home by a wide margin.
The Reserves started out with strong pack play, kicking penalties for position and winning the lineout, then gaining tough yards running straight ahead. Scylar “The Salmon Arm Charm” Dumas got the Rowers offense started with a hard charge into Seattle territory, complete with a highlight-reel fend that set them up to work off the base and collect phases, building diligently until Dumas was able to suck in a defender and make a crisp pass to Kevin “Tower of Justice” Nanne to put the rowers on the board. They wouldn’t look back.
While the whole side played exceptionally, some deadly defense by the back line stood out to Brockton spectators. A fine ankle tap by fly half Oisin Daly in the 21st minute, and a subsequent try-saving open-field tackle by Fullback “Mad” Max O’Connor preserved the clean sheet. Centre Kevin “The Swashbuckler” Foyle had two poaches in contact two minutes apart at the 37th and 39th minutes, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Foyle timed a defensive push beautifully in the fifty first minute to come up with an interception in the visitors’ 22, which he was able to run back through a Seattle team that didn’t have an answer for the counter, and find paydirt.
Seattle put up a fight, running some hard lines at the Rowers defense, but were unable to find the handle, managing only eight points on the day and giving the Reserves a reason to feel good about both their preparation and execution.
Dumas added a try on an interception in the last second to make the final score 38-8 in a win that thoroughly pleased the Brockton crowd.
The win puts the Reserves at a 6-8 record, good for either 6th or 7th in the BC Rugby Premier Reserve standings, depending on the results of other fixtures.
Photos by Tiana Palitel