Game Reports

Premier Division Results Round 5

JBAA 32 - Velox Valhallians 22

- written by John Phillips
 
In the swirling wind conditions at McDonald Park on Saturday James Bay showed why they are favourites to take out the Island Premier Competition. In a convincing display of power rugby and despite the loss of a couple of players on suspension, the Bays back line proved to be too fast and too strong for the Velox defenders running in seven tries to Veloxs three.
 
From the kick-off JB was on the offensive, helped by a string of penalties their back line making penetrating runs as they camped inside the Velox half placing the Velox defenders under constant pressure. JB opened the score in the 8th minute with the first of two tries by Full Back Geoff Warden. Velox struck back soon after Lock Murray Smith scoring in the corner to be converted by Konrad Nikkel.  From then on Velox were on the back foot defending hard, JB going over twice more to finish the half at JB 15 Velox 7.
 
The second half started with Velox again under pressure as the JB back line kicked into gear scoring three more tries before Velox came back, pounding the JBs line in the last 10 minutes of the game for Velox Captain John Lyall to scorer a well deserved double.
 
It was a spiteful game, especially in the second half, with referee handing out three yellow cards, two of them to Velox, as the Velox players became frustrated at the mounting number of niggling penalties incurred and the Bays players habit of standing up on the off side line.
 
For JBAA : tries to Geoff Warden 2, Tyler Wish 2, Andrew Moffatt, Brian Collins, 1 Conversion to Jeff Williams.
 
For Velox:  Captain John Lyall 2 tries, 1 to Murray Smith 1 try, Konrad Nikkel  2 Conversions, 1 Penalty
 

Men's Second Division

Velox 26 - Nanaimo 24

- written by Meic the Welshman

Having won our last game, the Beavers were out to impress with another victory. Nanaimo started as they always do up front keeping it in the pack; Velox wanted to have quick ball to let the backs run.
This was a game of two halves. Velox first half and Nanaimo second half.

Sean (9) was controlling the forwards swiftly to get win the ball quickly and cleanly, Mark Stevens (12) was making explosive runs though the center, quick ball to the waiting backs and valuable ground was gained every time. This ploy was working to the script with Dale (man of the match), Welshman x2 getting the deserving tries in the 1/2.  Velox up 21-7 at the 1/2.
 
2nd half was a different story - Nanaimo's pack excelled and totally dominated our pack in the scrums - this frustrated the forwards as many penalties were given. For Nanaimo this seemed to be their script, push and rush our forwards into giving penalties away - they succeeded. Their no. 10 was kicking their penalties from all over the field, and Nanaimo started to claw their way back into the game.

Velox had to come up with a cushion of some sorts - a delayed pass by the Welshman fed Nelson (sub for Mark) bursting with speed into the Nanaimo half, making considerable ground. Nathan, who only saw the only try for the half, finished it with a 25 meter sprint (Nathan's 1st Velox try). 

The onslaught came after the re-start - Nanaimo's dominating pack continued to do so - with an attempt held up on the line by some solid but rushed defense from Velox. Nanaimo's forwards eventually went over almost under the posts - score 26-24 to Velox. Their kicker lined his kick up and saw him fall to his knees as he missed. Velox escaped the self explode button and were victors 26-24.

This builds us up for a road trip to Port Alberni where again we have a must win game for a 3 & 3 record. Thanks to all supported us that braved the winds. Peter got hard worker of the game for his efforts - and Dale you should have drunk that beer!!!!!


Thursday Night

Training for the A's and B's will start at 6pm this Thursday. This is to allow some extra time after practice for the poker tournament. If you have poker chips, please bring them along.


Saturday

For those travelling to Port Alberni, the bus will leave the Velox parking lot at 9am - don't be late. For those not going, and still looking for some rugby to watch, the only game in town is the Young Canada/New Zealand match at Centennial. 5pm KO, reception afterwards at Velox.




 

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