Brentwood Led Piggies Win Provincials
The Cowichan Piggies and the Castaway Wanderers faced off under a cold December sun for the provincial championship. As this was our first meeting since an extremely close contest early in the season, neither team knew quite what to expect, but both were prepared for their toughest game yet.
Frozen fingers and plenty of nerves made for a slow start of the warm-up, but as it progressed the feeling started flowing back to fingers, and the confidence to actions. The first whistle was fast approaching, and the starting fifteen lined up for the kick off after a deafening team cheer.
Cowichan’s forwards received the ball with an intensity that completely outmatched that of the opposition. With great success in the pack there was no need to move the ball to the backs at that moment. The ball was taken into contact multiple times by the forwards, who waited patiently for the break that led to a try in the corner. The tone of the game was set from that point on and Cowichan’s intensity brought about their best rugby of the year, with a dominant halftime score of four tries to none.
The Wanderers took advantage of the Piggies’ over-confidence at the beginning of the second half, moving the ball quickly to score a try and subsequent conversion. Cowichan fought back, however, and tries were scored back and forth. There was no questioning the victory as Lucas P, Rogers ‘17 snagged an interception to score the final try of the game. Result: Cowichan 53, Wanderers 21.
There were ten Brentwood athletes who received provincial gold medals, eight of whom started while Head Coach Shane Thompson passionately led the boys to victory, and William PM’s playmaking was a great assist: he finished with two tries and five conversions.
Congratulations to Mr Thompson, Lucas P, Will PM, Ethan Y, Cameron W, Liam S, Santiago G, Treasure A, Captain Mitch C, Will P & Keiran MH for bringing back provincials golds as well as experience to be passed on to the rest of the team as we build into our competitive spring season.
Keiran MH, Rogers ‘17