Photos by Rob Ducharme
by Ian Hyde-Lay
The Senior boys rugby squad played three important matches over the past two weeks, as the season moved to the playoff stages.
First, in front of a bumper crowd of some 800, SMUS hosted Oak Bay in the annual Boot Game. The team, well led by Jeff Nishima-Miller, gave a wonderfully committed performance against the heavily favoured opposition, with the final 38-17 scoreline in no way reflective of a highly competitive match.
Indeed, three of the Oak Bay tries were basically gifts, with an interception, from a 4 vs 2 overlap, a fumble and a lineout miscue directly responsible for 21 Barbs’ points. Derek Hyde-Lay being unable to ground the ball near the posts, when over the line and with SMUS down only 24-12 with nine minutes to play, was another big play which impacted the game’s momentum.
The three SMUS tries were all top quality, multi-phase scores, featuring multiple passes and switches of direction. Hooker Cole Tamburri, lock Mac Catto and fullback Alex Brils all featured prominently.
Alumni Weekend saw the arrival of Brentwood, with SMUS failing to capitalize on four absolutely glorious scoring chances before flanker Marcel Sanati finally crossed the whitewash. Unfortunately, a poor restart then handed the lead back to Brentwood before fullback Rory Brodhurst notched a penalty goal for an 8-7 lead. However, that was as good as it got, with a hugely disappointing second half allowing the visitors to run in three unanswered tries en route to a 31-8 win.
Happily, in what clinched a berth at the BC AAA tournament, the team bounced back smartly to defeat Claremont 32-7, scoring six tries in the process. Flanker Quinn Kliman enjoyed a fine outing, while prop Peter Harrison and lock Jacky Chuang also played well. Likewise, centre David Pollen’s good form continued, with several of the centre’s slick passes producing tries.
Next up for the team is the Howard Russell Cup City final at Oak Bay on May 17. This is an important game, with not only local bragging rights at stake, but provincial ranking also on the line. The host Barbs will again start heavy favourites, but, as in all derby matches, previous form is not always an accurate indicator. Certainly, SMUS will look to attack wide from all parts of the field, and endeavor not to concede easy points.
by Susanne Walker-Curry
The Shawnigan Lake regatta is the final preparation before selected crews head east for the Canadian Secondary Schools’ Rowing Association championships in Ontario next month. Warm weather and sunshine made for two incredible days of racing. Congratulations to the entire SMUS rowing team for their successes!
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