The Surrey Beavers ran head long into a bold new decade with last week’s twin wins over the Bayside Sharks RFC in South Surrey. This week the Beavers would host their first home game and look to remain perfect for the 2020s, when the First Division would welcome Port Alberni Black Sheep RFC and the Second Division would entertain Langley RFC, but nothing is more unpredictable than nature. The sky opened up with a 48 hour torrential flooding rain that closed fields all over the province.
There was a significant amount of back & forth with Port Alberni & Langley. The Islanders would end up not coming to the Mainland and the game will be made up in future. The Seconds wound up playing at the Langley facility on Crush Crescent.
SBAA 2nd Div Men vs Langley RC - Loss 29-0
As of Friday night both Surrey games were cancelled. On Saturday morning Langley pronounced their field would be playable and the choice was made to go ahead with the match. Announcements went out to rally the side and 25 stout Beavers answered the call.
Surrey would start by kicking off. It was obvious early that Langley was going to play their patented pod rucking style of ‘heavy rugby’. The Beavers fought bravely, but after a series of Surrey penalties and subsequent scrums, where Langley outweighed Surrey in the pack by 30 pounds to a man. The Langley forwards plowed across the line for the game’s first score. The resulting convert was easily between the telephone posts. Langley popped out to the 7-0 lead. This pattern would continue, with the Beavers having moments of momentum that would raise and disappointment the Surrey faithful. Langley pounded their pods and eventually scored in the corner when they spun the ball to their backs, once Surrey was firmly on the back foot. This convert was too big of an ask, so 12-0 for Langley was the tally. Many Beavers were up to the task, Brandon Craig was making some very audible contact with the Langley runners. Surrey remained very much on defence for most of the game, which had it’s own side effects, in the name of penalties. Langley continued to take scrums on those penalties, which they would push over from 10 metres for another fairly dominant try. The convert was good and the score was 19-0 for Langley. The Langley game plan held and the green clad pack rucked their way back up the pitch and they scored a forward in the corner. The uphill angled convert was off the mark. The half ended at 24-0 for Langley.
The Beavers reinforced the side at halftime and got more weight to the front row, which was helpful. Surrey came out with a more concerted effort and were making in roads in the game with more and better ball possession. Surrey kicked a ball deeper, up the hill - which was counter attacked for a Langley try. The follow up convert was missed. The score was 29-0 for Langley. The two sides fought hard for some time, with Surrey being more effective, though Langley was still dominant.
With 13 minutes left in the game Beaver forward Josh Cancino got involved in contact that resulted in a severe neck strain that was treated with the utmost of caution and care, that put Josh in what is called c-spine control and medical assistance was called for. Josh had initially taken a knee so any paralysis was at that point absent, which is always a good sign. The long delay in the response of the ambulance resulted in both sides agreeing to abandon the match with Langley taking credit for a 29-0 win. When Josh was assessed at Langley Memorial Hospital, the strain was officially diagnosed, his prognosis is good in that he will miss a week of training and may be ready to go in 2-4 weeks. Good news indeed.
Just trying to capture the spirit of the thing......