Two Wolverine players take down Mount Doug player and Sooke-native Mason Swift.

Wolverines devour Rams in first season game

The Sooke Wolverines defeated the Mount Doug Rams with an 21-5 win

The atmosphere was perfect for Edward Milne Community School’s first senior rugby match.

A water- logged field with a light drizzle set the stage for a running dual against the triple A Mount Doug Rams on March 29 at EMCS.

The Wolverines opened the scoring with a penalty conversion by Arnold Charlie.   Shortly after, he completed another attempt opening up a 6 to 0 lead.   Before half time the Wolverines were able to spin the ball to their shifty back line, which set up a Nick Pfeifer try.   The score at half time was 11 to 0 for the Wolverines.

The Rams had one strategy, run the ball through the defensive line of the Wolverines.  They caught the Wolverines napping after committing a penalty and were able to sneak the ball close to the try line. After repeated attempts, the Rams finally downed the ball in goal for their first and only try of the game. The conversion was unsuccessful resulting in score of 11 to 5 in favour of EMCS part way through the second half.

What followed were dozens of solo running attempts from the Rams, which were met by a wall of Wolverine players swarming the ball carrier.  The Wolverines task was to steal the ball expediently, which they executed perfectly many times.   Morgan D’Ganigian, acting as scrum half, was able to rifle a pass to his steady and sure-footed fly half, Zack Bryan.  Bryan, following D’Ganigian’s lead dummied a ball to inside center Brenden David and then spun the ball once again to the sniper, Nick Pfeifer who dodged numerous tackles on the way to scoring his second try of the day.

Harley Ring in eighth man position, and most valued for his defensive contributions, scored the final Wolverines’ try of the game.   He did so off a lineout by catching a short ball and dragging several Ram defenders with him as he powered his way across the  goal line.

According to Edward Milne’s coaches, the Wolverines’ success came from their preparation and solid understanding of the game.  Knowing that the Rams would predominately run the ball, Milne practiced relentlessly on stealing the ball at the breakdown (tackle).   Kudos goes to the Wolverines’ forward pack for putting a stop to the offensive efforts of the much larger Triple A Mount Doug team.

The final score was Wolverines 21 to Rams 5.

Man of the match for the Wolverines went to Nick Pfeifer, who scored two brilliant tries.   Man of the match for the Rams was Sooke-native Mason Swift, who played well both offensive and defensively.

By Jennifer Smith

 

 

Just Posted

Shoebox Project reaches out to women in crisis

Boxes are distributed to transition homes

Colwood mayor pitches ferry as commuter alternative

Mayor Rob Martin says different modes of transportation need to be considered

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Bouquet sales support big dreams in Greater Victoria

Country Grocer features holiday bouquets for Help Fill a Dream

Emerald Gloves boxing brings fights to Langford

Langford’s Matt Daniels dropped weight for debut

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

Port Alberni convenience store robbed

Police still searching for suspect

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Police probe several allegations of sex assault at Toronto school

Police say they have learned of other incidents of alleged assault and sexual assault

Most Read