The Rowers Premier side played tough in wet conditions, but came up short at home against a well-drilled UBC team, by a score of 22-3.
The game was close early, as the Rowers used excellent positioning and defense to keep a deadly UBC attack out of the end goal early. They kicked intelligently, executed in the set pieces and even drew first blood in the 15th minute, as fly-half Nick Wackawitz hit a penalty kick to put his club up 3-0.
UBC was able to answer in the 30th minute, using a back-line switch to take advantage of the VRC’s aggressive tackling and spring their fullback on the outside to make it count, with the kick, for a 7-3 lead.
The T-Birds were able to follow up with an attack on the transition, pouncing on a loose ball and carrying it for nearly 60 yards with 2 offloads before finally being chased down and run out of bounds at the 22 meter line as time expired in the half.
The Rowers scrum dominated all day. The pack was putting on a clinic with low, square position, crisp execution and the advantage of experience consistently getting the the better of a strong UBC core.
The Birds made their offload game work in the 48th minute, using pace and direction to end up in the end-goal and widen their lead, 12-3. They followed up with a corner try scored from an 8th man pick on a scrum on the Rowers 5 that the Rowers Prems had made a mess of. 17-3 after the missed conversion. It didn’t seem fair.
The Rowes’ las good attacking chance came after scrum half Chris Nolan chased down a ball carrier at mid-field who would have been gone into wide open space if not for Nolan’s ankle tap. The Rowers couldn’t make the attack phase that followed the scrum pay off, though.
UBC wasn’t able to exploit Rowers’ fatigue to make holes in the defense until the final minute, making the final score 22-3 after a missed convert.
Coach Seyler was proud of his top side after the game. “It was a tough match, and we’re taking a way a lot of positives. The side had a great attitude the whole way through and we’re going to carry that into our preparation for Westshore.”
The Prems take on Westshore next week on the road in Victoria.