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Richmond Falls To Brits

October 15th, 2016 - Bleak weather forecasts contributed to a switch of venues this past weekend. The RRFC travelled to Delta for a pair of games originally scheduled to be played at King George Park. The Ex-Brit Lions proved obliging hosts despite the pouring rain and welcomed the opportunity for Richmond 2nds to play their exhibition game against Burnaby 3rds at John Oliver Park.

Burnaby Lake Rugby Club run very deep and they put out a strong showing against a Richmond side welcoming back a few players to competitive rugby. Burnaby ran out 17-0 winners under the worst of the rain, despite some sustained try-line pressure exterted by Richmond for large sections of the second half. Notable performances in the backs included graudated Richmond juniors Nathan Irvine, Kyle Lebel and Flatliner newcomer Joel Hienrichs. The Blacks were aided by the attacking prowess from James Tracey at stand-off, turning back the clock with some evasive running, a few show-and-gos and a nifty up-and-under. Captain Alex Bourne lead from the back of the sets with some great first up tackling, while Joe Vernier, Lendl Magispoc and Josh Poehlke held off a much larger and more experienced Burnaby front-row throughout the contest.

Thanks again to Ex-Brits for allowing the game to be played on their home field, and thanks to Burnaby for providing some of our newcomers the chance to experience a great game of rugby! Man of the Match as selected by referee Graham Haigh was Alan "Hotdog" Wong! Kudos Alan!

The clouds lifted, the sun peaked its head out but the red seas did not part. True to recent form, Richmond invited the pressure onto themselves early but this week held strong and weathered the storm thrown towards their in-goal area. Conceding just an early penalty after soaking up minutes of pressure, it was the RRFC to get the opening try. A kicking exchange found Brandon Sims in open field and he broke a couple of tackles with ease to dot down: 7-3 RRFC after the conversion by Lachlan Kerr!

The Brit Lions came right back at the Reds with their large, cumbersome pack and strung together forward phase after forward phase before another kicking exchange led to a breakdown in play resulting in the Brits scoring out wide. Unable to convert, Brit Lions held just a slim one point advantage going into half-time.

It was hardly a masterclass in rugby, but Brit Lions kept things tight and played the damp conditions well – putting Richmond under pressure and forcing them to kick the ball away deep in their own half. A dogfight for possession, neither team were able to convert any of that possession into more points. Richmond threatened to break loose time and time again but each attempt was forced from within their own half due to the territory-gaining game the big Brits forwards were enforcing. A final score of 8-7 to the Brits who picked up their first win – Richmond still searching for their own first victory of the season. Your men of the match were Pen Drikibau and Lance Davison!

The rain held off long enough for the players to get showered, smartened up and well fed and retire back inside the clubhouse before the heavens opened. Beers were poured and hot dogs were had. A strong post-match showing by all was good to see with even a few of the Burnaby boys sticking around into the evening. Thanks to Jivan Dhaliwal for a well-reffed game (as always) and to the many spectators who braved the conditions to cheer on their red-and-black favourites!

Next up both sides take on United at King George Park Saturday October 22nd. Kick-offs at 1:00 and 2:30, post match at The River Club for 5:00.

Video high-lights of the match can be found here.

Junior Round-Up:

The RRFC U18s had their game against Chilliwack postponed because of the wet weather, this weekend the Junior Reds are in action against Abbotsford at Central Exhibition Field. The U18 girls had their tournament in Burnaby rained out, but several of our girls are headed up to Kamloops this weekend for the Interior 7's tournament being put on by BC Rugby. In schools action, the McRoberts Strikers 8s lost to Point Grey, while the McMath Wildcats 9s were victorious over the McRoberts Strikers 9s.

Volunteer Round-Up:

Jobs to be filled - please contact Graham Haigh:

- match-day concession assistant

- score-keeper(s)

Social Round-Up:

- The RRFC is hosting its wildly popular Halloween Spookstravaganza at Moose's Down Under (830 West Pender) on Saturday, October 29th. Tickets are available now from any of your favourite RRFC Executives!

- Thursday, November 10th the RRFC is hosting another Touch Rugby & Dinner night at the club starting at 7PM - with Deepfry Master Dave Bancroft putting on a spread!

- Remember to keep your Labatt product receipts for submission towards the year end party at the Labatt Institute!

- Golf shirts are now available from Ryan Steele and Jack Hamilton - remember these are mandatory for post-match!

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)