Phil Mack’s return with the Seattle Seawolves went swimmingly as the defending Major Rugby League champions ran off a 48-7 win over the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide representative side at Westhills Stadium on Saturday.
Heavy rains fell during the exhibition match that saw the Crimson Tide continue their tradition, one which dates back more than 100 years. Longtime Westshore Rugby veteran John Lyall oversaw the club’s latest construction, coached by Sean White (JBAA), Aaron Frisby (Westshore RFC) and Nanyak Dala (Castaway Wanderers).
Seawolves surge in second half to collect a preseason win on the road! #CRTvsSEA #TogetherWeHunt pic.twitter.com/pp6FyRrFxx
— Seattle Seawolves (@Seawolves_Rugby) December 23, 2018
Mack, a career Canadian 15s and sevens international (Oak Bay High/James Bay AA), continued his role as starting scrum half and acting coach for the Seawolves, adding one of his team’s tries himself.
Seawolves winger Peter Tiberio scored twice.
Starting rosters for today’s Crimson Tide vs @Seawolves_Rugby game in #Langford. Kick off is 4pm PT and you can watch LIVE on the event’s #Facebook page 🍁🏉 pic.twitter.com/mwuWOC4MaS
— Bryan Kelly (@RugbyCanada_BK) December 22, 2018
The stands held hundreds of fans while a live stream of the event peaked over 5,000 viewers from B.C., Washington State, California, Ontario and Alberta.