CALGARY, Alta. - The BC Bears senior men’s provincial team dropped their Canadian Rugby Championship season opener on Saturday evening, falling 31-10 to the Prairie Wolf Pack at Calgary Rugby Park. BC played the entire second half with 14 men and by the final whistle had conceded five tries.
“We’re very obviously disappointed with the outcome,” said Bears Director of Rugby Jim Dixon. “It falls on ill-discipline and the red card really cost us. We didn’t manage the contact area and didn’t manage the ball well. As a result, we created contests where there didn’t need to be.”
BC drew first blood when Bryan Tyrer (UBC Thunderbirds) converted a penalty in the second minute of play. The Wolf Pack answered back with a try from Graham Turner and Canadian international Gordon McRorie tacked on the extras to make it 7-3. Evan Olmstead was next for the Wolf Pack to cross over as his try stretched it to 12-7 in the 25th minute.
BC flanker Luke Campbell (UVic Vikes) received a second yellow in the 39th minute and the ensuing red card saw his side head into the half on the back foot.
“To play 40 minutes down is challenging at best,” added Dixon. “The guys who came in made a go of it. But then to get a yellow and be down to 13 for a stretch really made it difficult.”
In the 48th minute, Wolf Pack winger Adam Bontus crossed over and McRorie added the extras to make it 24-3.
As BC’s frustration mounted, no.8 Gord Kehoe (Castaway Wanderers) was binned for foul play and the Bears were down to 13 men for a 10 minute stretch. Wolf Pack no.8 Jeremy Kyne picked off the ensuing scrum and crashed over to make it 24-3.
BC would answer back with a try from Caleb Hansen (Vancouver Rowing Club) against the flow, and Tyrer added the conversion to make it 24-10.
As the match hit the final stretch, Wolf Pack substitute Brendan Harrison chased down a chip kick to dot down for the try. Adam McQueen kicked the conversion and the contest wrapped shortly after with a 31-10 result.
The two sides will face off again next week in round two action at the Kelowna Apple Bowl in BC’s Okanagan. Kickoff is slated for 7:00pm on Saturday, August 16.
“We’ve got to bounce back and respond with a positive performance,” Dixon added. “That’s really the only thing we can do.That’s the challenge with this CRC tournament as you have to turn around and be prepared for another game the following weekend.”
Canadian Rugby Championship
Aug 9, 6:30pm: CRC BC Bears 10 - 31(+1) Prairie Wolf Pack
Aug 16, 7:00pm: CRC Prairie Wolf Pack at BC Bears (Apple Bowl, Kelowna)
Sept 4, 5:00pm: CRC Atlantic Rock at BC Bears (Klahanie Park, West Vancouver)
Sept 7, 1:00pm: CRC Ontario Blues at BC Bears (Klahanie Park, West Vancouver)
Sept 18, 8:00pm: CRC BC Bears at Ontario Blues (Guelph University Stadium)
Sept 21, 3:00pm: CRC BC Bears at Atlantic Rock (Swiler’s Rugby Complex, St. John's Newfoundland)
BC Bears roster vs Prairie Wolf Pack
Sat. August 9, 2014
1. Noah Barker (James Bay AA)
2. Micha Govorchin (Burnaby Lake RC)
3. Scott MacKay (Burnaby Lake RC)
4. Callum Morrison (UBCOB Ravens)
5. Shea Wakefield (UVic Vikes)
6. Luke Campbell (UVic Vikes)
7. Adam Kleeberger (Castaway Wanderers)
8. Gord Kehoe (Castaway Wanderers)
9. Cody Rockson (Burnaby Lake RC)
10. Bryan Tyrer (UBC Thunderbirds)
11. Johnny Morris (Castaway Wanderers)
12. Brock Staller (UBC Thunderbirds)
13. Joe Dolesau (Burnaby Lake RC)
14. Caleb Hansen (Vancouver Rowing Club)
15. Evan Thomas (Burnaby Lake RC)
16. Andrew Lackner (Burnaby Lake RC)
17. Garrett Garbe (UBCOB Ravens)
18. Cody McClary (Port Alberni Black Sheep)
19. Nate Mantle (Burnaby Lake RC)
20. Chase Kelliher (UVic Vikes)
21. Jeke Gotegote (Burnaby Lake RC)
22. Keenan Horton (Castaway Wanderers)
23. Nathan Yanagiya (UVic Vikes)
Director of Rugby: Jim Dixon
Forwards Coach: Ken Goodland
Backs Coach: Tom Luke
Strength & Conditioning: Conan Cooper