Another full day of rugby on the schedule for the Surrey Beavers on the 18th. Saturday had Surrey host Langley in a Div 2 women’s match and in a Div 1 and 2 men’s match too. Fantastic to have 2 local clubs play 3 games against each other.
The Div 3 men headed to Richmond to take on Richmond’s 3rds in a late morning match. With a strong breeze but no rain the Beavs took to the field on Saturday looking to get some wins late into the fall half.
SBAA Division 2 Women – Loss 46-22
A wide open game of 10 aside rugby had both teams get several opportunities out wide. The 1st half had both teams exchanging scores repeatedly one after the other. The score line very close at half it was a great to watch a very competitive game. Langley however showed they had better fitness than the Beavers in the 2nd half as they scored relentlessly to give themselves a healthy 20 point lead. It was a great game never the less for the ladies as they looked good getting some scores. The Div 2 side look to keep things on track for the remainder of the Fall season and head to Brockton Oval this Saturday coming up.
Tries: Karely Reum (1) Danielle Dzus (1) Kinza Butter (1) Laura Leigh (1)
Converts: Karly Reum (1)
SBAA Division 3 Men – Win 13-10
The Thirsty Thirds finally found themselves in the win column after some tough outings throughout the 1st half. Playing in a Div 3 league with most of the competition one team clubs doesn’t make it easy for the Beavs, but they have proven resilient as they have fielded a side for every single one of their scheduled games. Finally this weekend all their hard work paid off as they finally grinded out a tough win against Richmond RFC. It was a game that had the Beavers get up early and battle the entire match to hold the lead from then on out. The Beavers are hoping the Richmond player that ended up seriously hurt with possibly a broken leg a speedy recovery too. A great try by Tyler Johnson and excellent kicking from Nathan Hutchinson sealed the deal for the Beavers. The 3rd Div men will take the win as they once again head on the road to take on the Lomas at Connaught Park this Saturday. Another hard week at training should result in even more positive results for the Beavers.
Tries: Tyler Johnson (1)
Converts: Nathan Hutchinson (1)
Penalty Kicks: Nathan Hutchinson (2)
SBAA Division 2 Men – Win 35-17
The Division 2 men were in for a physical battle against Langley Rugby Club who had definitely upped their roster in the last season for their Div 2 side. Bigger and stronger than previous seasons Langley’s Div 2 team was a force to be reckoned with on Saturday. However, the Beavers’ Div 2 men are no slouches either and were up to the challenge of taken on their local rivals. Starting the game off heavily on defense the Beavers worked to get the ball out of their half as quickly as possibly usually electing to give the ball a boot. Some breaks in the line for the Beavers were usually met with some solid defense from the visitors as Langley constantly were pushing the Beavs back into their own red zone. It was the home side though that got on the board first with speedster Jareed Samuel taking ball mid-field at full pace with no one able to catch him until he put the ball down over the goal line. The Beavs now up kept working hard and got another try before Langley came storming back in the 1st half. A very physical affair between the two local clubs was nothing new but in a few instances it appeared the intensity of the game boiled over with a few pushing and shoving matches starting. The referee grasping control of the game gave his fair warnings to the two skippers and told the boys to get on with the game. The see-saw battle continued into the 2nd half as the Beavers looked to open the lead up a little more. But the flow of the game once again came to a grinding halt when some extracurricular activity resulted in a red card to a Beavers’ 2nd rower and a yellow card to a Langley player. Good on the referee though for showing the cards as the game did seem to settle from there on out. This was also around the time when the Beavers decided to open up the scoring in the game with Langley’s big boys tiring out the relentless attack from the Beavers started to have more success. The forwards worked very hard to control the ball in the tackle and breakdowns and this gave the speedster backs lots of space and time to work the ball out wide where there was plenty of room to make something happen. Backs Marcus Tam and Wes Lyon had several breaks in the 2nd half that turned into good scoring plays. The backs and forwards were very aggressive in the 1st half on defense and they showed even more resilience in the 2nd half down a man. The final whistle blew with the Beavers well ahead on the score sheet and again showing excellent skill and physicality at the Div 2 level. This game was another important win for the Beavers in a very tight and competitive Division 2 league.
Tries: Jareed Samuel (1) Joey Murphy (1) Andrew McIntyre (1) Wes Lyon (1) Brandon Craig (1)
Converts: Brandon Gatto (5)
SBAA Division 1 Men – Win 32-12
Another challenging game for the Beavers at home against a team that always plays the Beavers very tough at the Division 1 level. There is no love lost between these two teams as the majority of the players on both rosters have played against each other for many years. A great afternoon for rugby nevertheless and the ball was constantly getting pushed out wide by the Beavers as they looked to make breaks early on in the game. Good pressure by the Beavers early wasn’t resulting in any points on the board as Langley’s defense held strong. A botched quick tap on Langley’s 5 meter, knock-ons out wide, and Beaver players running into touch all resulted in zero finish in their play. With a solid amount of possession the Beavers still only had 3 points on the board after about 14 minutes of play. And it would be Langley that would touch the ball down first as their full back ran the ball over the goal line off a well-executed line out play untouched between the posts. Down 7-3 the home side kept working the ball back into Langley’s half of the field and again were very relentless on their attack. Not at all phased being down by a score the boys kept working hard around the break down until finally big boy David Jeffreys touched down the ball for a try. After spreading the ball out wide one way Jeffreys was able to work his way over the goal line with a few defenders hanging on him. With a missed convert the Beavs only had a slim 8-7 lead. Still having control of the ball for the majority of the half the Beavs still could not finish with it. Although Langley had fewer opportunities than the Beavs with the ball they took advantage of everyone they had. Before the half was up Langley with an overlap got the ball out wide and were able to touch it down for their second score of the game. With the whistle blown for halftime the Beavs were down 12-8 almost a similar score to the last time they played Langley.
Not entirely impressed with their 1st half result the Beavers looked to work even harder to get something going in the 2nd half. Good possession in the 1st half did not result in a lot of points, and the Beavs knew they needed to fix that. Right off the kickoff as the Beavers recovered their own kick the ensuing ruck had some extracurricular activities going on between some of the players and this would result in the Beavers getting the only card. A red card saw the Beavers’ loose head prop leave the game and now had the home team down to 14 men for the remainder of the game. For some games this card would have been deemed very counterproductive but it seemed in fact this incident fired the boys up even more because the team felt a little slighted for what the Langley player got away with. For the next 39 minutes with the Beavs a man short they still were firing on all cylinders. Finally getting the production they could not get in the 1st half the boys were getting the ball out wide and exploiting the overlaps. The lineouts were a positive all throughout the game with the Beavers getting excellent attack off of mauls or good hard crashes. And although the scrums involved personnel getting shuffled around with the loose head needing to be replaced, the scrums were stable enough to get good ball off. 3 more tries were scored in the 2nd half starting with a well-executed open field play with Iain Small getting great ball off Steve Friesen. Then Jamie Beaton hooked up with Giusseppe Lagrutta out wide on the wing with a beauty miss pass to him. Following that the relentless Beaver attack had Beaton carry one over the line too. Another blocked kick by loose forward Paul Kelly looked to be a good try but was called back, and that try certainly would have been the back breaker for Langley. The home side battled it out down a man for about 30 minutes of the half with Langley getting a card of their own too. It was a very positive 2nd half on what could have gone wrong very quickly. That 2nd half result with the home side scoring 24 unanswered points proved the type of maturity this Div 1 team has at this time because the boys could have easily called it a day after the red card. With the Beavers taking a good lead and replacements on the boys were all smiles after the final whistle as they came back once again from a 1st half deficit .
An excellent result for the Beavers as they take advantage of great conditions at home and claim all 5 points in another win for the Div 1 side. Well done to the referee on managing the game and a special thanks to Andy Lyon for making an excellent feed back at the clubhouse.
Tries: David Jeffreys (1) Jamie Beaton (1) Giusseppe Lagrutta (1) Iain Small (1)
Converts: Jamie Beaton (3)
Penalty Kicks: Jamie Beaton (2)
Up next for the club is two games against Bayside RFC at home in Division 1 and 2 men, with the 3rd Div men headed to Connaught Park to take on the Lomas. The women are off to Brockton Oval to take on the Rowers in Div 2 women’s action.