Friday, September 5, 2014 - Submitted by Brendan Munro - BC Rugby Communications
Well, that’s more like it.
After starting the CRC season 0-2, the BC Bears needed to produce a strong effort against the Atlantic Rock tonight at Klahanie Park and they got it, courtesy of their backs. The Bears repeatedly flung the ball wide, turned the corner and crossed the try line on their feet en-route to a 63-6 romp.
Sean White led the attack for the Bears, scoring two tries.
“The thing we worked on in training all week was having the forwards get us a quick ball that we can attack with,” said White. “They really opened it up for us.”
Team chemistry was always going to be a challenge for the Bears in tonight’s game, having inserted five players into the lineup who did not play in the club’s last match, but the team’s form and passing for the most part were clean.
“With all the new combinations we had, we were focused on doing the little things right today,” said White. “What I was really impressed with was how our back row was able to integrate with the offload channels. I think we’ll have lots to build off of the more we play together.
Caleb Hansen was also heavily involved in the offense, scoring a pair of tries.
The game was already starting to get out of reach early, with the Bears keeping the Rock under constant pressure and racking up 4 tries before half-time. Tempers started to boil at the start of the second half, but the referee was able to keep the players in line without having to resort to cards.
As the second half moved along and the Bears continued to increase their lead, Justin Douglas took advantage of a disheartened Rock defense, taking the ball through the middle of the field, staying on his feet to score a spectacular try near the death.
The Rock had very little in reply, with only a pair of Patrick McNicholas penalties to show for 80 minutes of effort.
The road ahead will not get any easier for either club. The Rock travel to Calgary to face the 2-0 Calgary Wolfpack, while the Bears will try to climb back into contention when they face the Ontario Blues on Sunday at 1pm from Klahanie Park.