The Prairie Wolf Pack have defeated the Pacific Tyee by a score of 45-19 on a beautiful sunny day at the Calgary Rugby Park.
Both teams showed a marked improvement on the game last week which had little flow or structure to it. The Tyee side made a number of changes which were both rotational and tactical and they came out with a bit more purpose and attacking flair as well as having shored up their porous defence from a week ago.
Clearly this is a young Tyee team, and despite their slower start showed patches of rugby which marks a team on the ‘up and up’.
The Wolf Pack also addressed a number of issues from the first game and were slightly more successful at the lineout and in phase play defence. The makeup of the squad was altered a bit with injuries to Christian Wolff and Nick Blevins, who were replaced by Stephen Woodward and Josh Hart respectively. Hart slotted into the wing and Adam Bontus moved back to his more familiar role in the midfield alongside stalwart Mozac Sampson.
The Pack ‘pack’ who had dominated the young Tyee side last week was left unchanged and led by national team member Andrew Tiedemann.
The story of the day was again the dominance at the set piece and while the Tyee were valiant, they could not match up to the strength and power of the Wolf Pack first 8.
Standout’s on the day included Tyler Hawes, Eric Lopatinsky (2 try’s), Josh Hart (2 try’s) and Brodie Henderson of the Pacific side.
Both teams will focus on recovery and rest as they build towards a big weekend of rugby to follow. The Pack now travel east for 2 games in 4 days against the Rock (St. John’s) and the Blues (Oakville).
As an aside, in a match that was filled with current, former and future national team members, there was a definite level of play above and beyond the best club rugby could offer anywhere across the country. If this level continues, the CRC will further develop into a launching pad for all those players who are willing to show they can commit to rep. rugby and stretch their abilities beyond their normal comfort level.
It goes to show that the CRC has extreme relevancy for the entire nation (coast to coast) and it is good to see that there is a strong level of buy-in to support a league which gives those engaged players the platform they need to reach their goals.
00:28 WP - Eric Lopatinsky Try 5-0
1:24 WP – Steven Woodward Conversion 7-0
19:16 Tyee – Bryan Tyrer penalty 7-3
26:14 Tyee – Bryan Tryer penalty 7-6
28:14 WP – Josh Hart Try 12 -6
29:09 WP – Steven Woodward Conversion 14-6
32:44 WP – Evan Thomas Try 19-6
33:44 WP – Steven Woodward Conversion 21-6
36:23 Tyee – Brodie Henderson Try 21-11
40:00WP – Steven Woodward penalty 24 -11
47:40 Tyee – Bryan Tryer penalty 24 – 14
48:45 WP – Eric Lopatinsky Try 29 – 14
49:49 WP – Steven Woodward Conversion 31 – 14
57:51 WP – Chris Long Try 36 -14
58:42 WP – Steven Woodward Conversion 38 -14
59:40 WP – Josh Hart Try 43 – 14
60:30 WP – Steven Woodward Conversion 45 – 14
63:09 Tyee – Bryan Tryer Try 45 – 19
WOLF PACK STARTING LINE UP
1. TYLER HAWES Canucks/Bow Valley Grizzlies
2. ANDREW TIEDEMANN “C” Castaway Wanderers/St. Albert RFC
3. SCOTT FRANKLIN Castaway Wanderers/Regina Campion Grads
4.ERIC LOPATINSKY Calgary Hornets
5.SPENCER MASSIAH Calgary Hornets
6.AARON PEACE Calgary Hornets
7.BRENNAN DAKU Regina Campion Grads
8.CLAY PANGA Calgary Hornets
9.GORDON MCRORIE Calgary
10.STEPHEN WOODWARD Calgary Irish /Santa Monica Rugby Club
11JOSH HART Cowichan Rugby
12.ADAM BONTUS St. Albert RFC
13.MOZAC SAMSON Calgary Saints
14.IAN SHOULTS Calgary Irish
15.EVAN THOMAS Edmonton Lep/Tigers
16.ANDREW CHO Calgary Irish
17.HUBERT BUYDENS Saskatoon Wild Oats/ Castaway Wanderers
18.CHRIS LONG L’Aquila Rugby 1936
19.BRUNO PAYETTE Calgary Hornets
20.JAMES BUCHANAN Calgary Hornets
21.CHRISTIAN WOLFF Calgary Saints
22.SETIBENI NACOKO Calgary Irish
TYEE STARTING LINE UP
NAME Hometown Club
1. Anthony Luca Burnaby Lake RC Pitt Meadows BC
2. Andrew Lackner Burnaby Lake RC Pitt Meadows BC
3. Scott Mackay Burnaby Lake RC North Vancouver BC
4. Luke Campbell UVIC Vikes Victoria BC
5. Aaron Flagg Abbotsford RFC Abbotsford BC
6. Aaron Goddard Burnaby Lake RC Pitt Meadows
7. Thyssen de Goede James Bay AA Courtenay BC
8. Callum Morrison James Bay AA Victoria BC
9. Cody Rockson Bayside RC &nb