Contributed by John Langley and Nick Broad
CAPILANO U-19 at ROWERS
The visiting Capilano U-19s handily won this rematch 47-19. One week before, the host Capilanos edged the same team 12-8 at Klahanie Park. Ryan Lan scored the first try on a great solo effort, while Matheo Steinkamp stole a lineout ball and scored the second try. Adrian Heieiss finished off a run by Brad Rigney for the third try and Tobin Sydney-Smith followed up a good handoff for the Caps’ fourth score of the day. It was Arlson Castanello who scored the next Capilano try, while Lan netted another before Rigney forced his way over the line for the sixth try. Lan was named best back while Rigney wtole the honours for best forward.
CAPILANO PREMIER WOMEN @ MERALOMAS
The Capilano women faced a young but industrious ‘Loma side that only managed one score despite several excellent runs. The Cap defense was swarming and tackled well. The Capilano attack was led by Ashley Morris, who made several slicing runs. The forwards were led by prop Aglaee Saummoneau, who is an import from France and lives on Bowen Island. “Glee”, as she is nicknamed, always seems to be smiling and loves her rugby. She scored an excellent try and leads from the front. I suspected that the women would do well today following a good — albeit losing — performance against the powerful Burnaby side one week prior. They certainly did play well and were good value for the win. The final score was 24-5, for the Capilano team’s first win of the season! This is a young side but it is great to see a sprinkling of veterans out on the pitch such as Laura Elwood and Lauraine (Larry) New, both of whom bring a wealth of experience to the team. Today they were coached by Erika Smortchevsky. Other try scorers were Morris, Alicia Hatt and Vanessa Parente. Ashley Robinson added a couple of conversions and put in an excellent offensive and defensive game from fullback and was named player of the match for Caps. This should move her up in the Robinson family rankings! Congratulations to the Capilano Premier Women!
CAPILANO THIRDS @ KELOWNA, MERALOMAS
The Capilano Third-Division Men’s “A” team traveled to Kelowna to play the Crows, who are fairly strong this season as they are only running one side. The Crows won this one 17-10. Congratulations to Kelowna — it is tough to win those long away games but the Caps put up a valiant struggle.
The Capilano Third-Division Men’s “B” side, meanwhile, looked good in the warm-up and was physically bigger than the Meraloma opposition but looks don’t win rugby games — it was the ‘Lomas that took the victory 23-6. All the Caps could manage was two penalty kicks in the first half. The ‘Lomas opened the scoring with a well-taken try: after a back movement to the corner the ball was recycled and the Capilano backs were outnumbered. The second ‘Loma try was an impressive run by number 15 Ross Henry, who came into the line at pace and touched down in the corner. The convert was missed and the score at the half was 10-6 for the host ‘Lomas. In the second half it was all Meralomas as they seemed to want the victory more than the visitors. The Caps took a penalty and the ‘Lomas upped the score to 13 before scoring their next try on a scrambled play that saw the Caps fly hack the ball out of their end. The ‘Lomas took the ball, attacked and scored to make it 18-6. I left to go to Connaught for the next two matches but Lomas scored another try to take the victory. This Capilano team has some work to do!
CAPILANO FIRSTS @ MERALOMAS
This game was more competitive but chippy at times with a flurry of Cards. Capilano Craig Rice took a forearm to the throat while tackling a Loma ball carrier. The referee called a penalty and gave a warning but the large throng of Cap supporters wanted at least a yellow. Capilano Sam Franklin put the ball through and the Caps took an early lead of 3-0. Arash Solaimani made a strong run down the wing but was tackled, but after the Caps recycled the ball he finished off a nice back movement with a try. The convert was missed but the Caps had an eight-point lead. Capilano scored again with Gary Cartwright touching down to add another five points. The convert was missed again but the score was now 13-0. Rob Bowman then made a strong run that took the ball from deep in Caps territory into the Loma half. He was tackled and shortly after Capilano prop Mackenzie Mills was red-carded for an alleged stomp following fellow Capilano prop Tim Rhone’s yellow card from a few moments before. The Caps were now down to 13 men and both props were off the field, one permanently. The Capilanos tackled ferociously to prevent the ‘Lomas from scoring and were able to stop the opposition time and again, until finally the defense was breached and the ‘Lomas got on the board. The convert was successful so now the score was narrowed to 13-7 at halftime. It did not look promising. Going uphill with a man short for a whole half isn’t an enviable position. The card display wasn’t over though, and now it was the Meralomas turn. They were awarded a total of three yellow cards and also had two in the bin at the same time. Capilano kicker Sam Franklin added a penalty kick to make it 16-7, then another three on the next ‘Loma card to make it 19-7. He notched another one before the final whistle to make the final 22-7 in favour of Capilano. Rice had an outstanding game, as did Connor Christopher, who is always a force. The Cap backline, led by the Woodward twins, was steady and worked well together, Bowman and Levi Broadland had some good runs as did Solaimani, who was pulled early to spare for the premiers, if needed and was he ever!
CAPILANO PREMIERS @ MERALOMAS
The Capilanos and Meralomas usually have very competitive games. The ‘Lomas are always tough at home and this game was no exception. Both teams were missing some regulars. For the ‘Lomas it was dangerous man Sean Mercier, while Capilano leading try scorer Nate Rees was injured and Matt Yanagiya wasn’t available due to work. The ‘Lomas started strong going uphill, Brian Ericsen made a strong run and the ball went out to wing Joel Nystrom who scored in the corner. The conversion was short but the ‘Lomas had the early lead. The Caps struck back, though, and put pressure on at the other end as Harry Jones and Taylor Dalziel both made strong runs. The ‘Lomas were penalized at the breakdown and Chris Robinson took the shot at goal. Unfortunately he missed — the start of what would turn out to be an off day for this usually very reliable kicker. The Caps soon after swung the ball to the right wing and Cody Buchamer touched down near the corner, but the conversion was missed. With the score tied 5-5 and both teams on the boil it looked like we were in for a barn burner of a game! Disaster struck for the Capilanos, though. First Harry Jones went down with a leg injury and had to be replaced. Shortly afterwards it was Dalziel who was hit in the forehead and concussed. Then starting fullback Thomas Brody turned an ankle and had to come off also. The Cap sideline looked like a M.A.S.H. unit! What started out as a powerful backline was in short order decimated. Credit though to the first-division players that came on as replacements to ensure the Caps did not give up. The ’Lomas, however, were very powerful, especially in the scrum. They were led by big number eight Lynard Hall, who scored two tries. The ‘Lomas swung the ball left then counter to the right and Hall scored to make it 10-5 for Vancouver. Eric Wilson, who also had an excellent game, made the conversion. The Caps fought hard to stay in the game but the Meralomas opened up a 19-5 lead with a try by number three Eric Harland. The Caps had missed three chances at penalty kicks, so decided to go for lineouts instead. Charlie Jones landed a penalty kick deep in ‘Loma territory and the Caps began to pound away at the ‘Loma line. Glen McKinnon had several hard attempts as did other teammates. The ‘Lomas were tackling vigorously, but finally the ball was swung wide. It was not a great pass but it went to Buchamer on the bounce and he took it in for the score. The score was now 19-10 and Robinson made the vital conversion to narrow the score to one converted try. Time was drawing close and the Capilano supporters were hoping for a miracle finish. However, it wasn’t to be as the ‘Lomas got a penalty kick and pinned the Caps deep in their own end before getting the ball and putting together a very successful maul that turned into a try. The conversion by Wilson was good and the final score was 26-12. Congratulations to the Meralomas on the premier and third-division victories. Thanks for the hosting and thanks to the game officials. Next week the Capilano Premier and First Division teams are away to Castaway Wanderers.