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Abbotsford Wins Both At KGP

Despite a torrential downpour, the RRFC stayed relatively close with Abbotsford in both games on the weekend. Fielding two veteran laden teams for Saturday's games, the RRFC was facing Abbotsford's seconds for the first time since the BC Provincial final at Brokcton Oval last May.

The boys were raring to go, but a couple of defensive lapses in the early going, combined with a strong Abbotsford pack had the RRFC going backwards in spurts during the first forty minutes. Andrew McIntyre had the lone points in the first stanza, 19 - 3 was the score at half. In the second half, after a few injuries to key players like fullback Will Yao, the RRFC went to their bench welcoming back Gord Mafatow after several months of inactivity as well as shifting newly signed front-rower Lendl Magispoc to prop.

Abbotsford were able to score a pair of well worked tries, before Richmond ended the game with some scrambly, run and gun offence, resulting in Andrew McIntyre scoring (and converting) Richmond's only try of the game. 38 - 10 was the final, men of the match were Tyler Sangha at number 10 and McIntyre from the forwards - with a shout out to Josh Poehlke and Brandon Sims who subbed in for injured/missing players during the game.

The first division saw the debut of a few new faces on the firsts! Alex Bourne, who over the past few months has been a steadying hand in the second division, as well as a constant fixture at training, got the start at second row, while Josh Poehlke (who had been working in Grand Prarie) returned to the RRFC in February and was rewarded with time in the front row. Eric Woods, returning from a serious work-related knee injury sustained in 2014, got the start on the wing. All three players have been great hard-working members of the club over the years and it was nice to see the three of them playing on the top team. Abbotsford, however, had lots of familiar faces, as #10 Thiel, #13 Bradbury and #3 March all had big games for the visitors in their rarely seen black-jerseys with the white trim.

The ageless Scott Alexander at #9 led attack after attack from the base of the scrums and rucks, while Dan Tou (another long-time Richmond foe) ran well in the middle of the park. Richmond's undersized centre pairing of Captain Mike Marquardt and Josh Pillsbury held strong for most of the game, but inevitably, Abbotsford would gain points throughout the day. The back-row of Kyle Rolfe, Geoff Girling and Brandon Sims put in work around the field, tackling everything in sight, and when Girling left the park with a knock, Andrew McIntyre (fresh from 80 minutes in the seconds) picked up the slack. Richmond was able to solidfy their sets and hold Abbotsford off the scoresheet over the final 30 or so minutes, and though the rain and the mud is always the big equalizer, the boys seemed up to the task of stopping Abbotsford's attack in the final frame.

Richmond plays Abbotsford again in three weeks, so the positives from this game will hopefully translate to a better result next time. Men of the match were Rolfe in the pack and Marquardt in the backs, hard hats were given out to hooker Brian Plenert (who had his hands full against his opposite number Some Mosgau from Abbotsford) and Brandon Sims who played 100+ minutes on the day.

Thanks to match day sponsors Cavu Kitchen (and Chef Alex Hancock) and to the River Club who were able to host on an emergency basis after some house-keeping issues at Legion 291 prevented the hosts from taking their Abbotsford counterparts back for a beverage.

Next week the boys travel to Surrey to take on the newly re-invigorated (and undefeated) Beavers at Sullivan Heights! Onwards, Upwards! The RRFC!

Senior Mens Rugby

Days: Tuesday & Thursday (Rain Or Shine)

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: King George Park (Field 2) at 12360 Cambie Rd, Richmond

Contact: Kevin Nielsen (Head Coach - 604.240.6877)

Junior Boys Rugby

Days: Wednesday & Friday

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: South Arm Park (Field 3) at 8880 Williams Rd, Richmond

Contact: Al Smith (Head Coach - 604.928.4037)