Colts rugby team win in first round of Island Championships
The Brentwood Colts squad made an impressive start to their Island Rugby Championship challenge with a comprehensive 36-12 win over Claremont High School from Victoria. Faced with a physically well-endowed team, the Brentwood boys came out firing on all cylinders and were soon 7 points up. The forwards battled bravely against their larger opponents and were able to provide good ruck ball for Sal Cannatella to unleash their potent back line. With Matt Lee really hitting his stride in this game and coming onto the ball at pace, huge gaps were carved in the Claremont defence. In the line-out, Ben Coull reigned supreme and not only won all his own balls, but stole a goodly number of Claremont throws to boot. Once again, the Brentwood scrum proved too strong for the opposition as Adam Galbraith and Mark Zhong dominated proceedings up front and Brentwood effectively drove over the opposition ball. Aron Schwartz had an immense game in both defence and attack, at one point turning a certain Claremont score into a Brentwood tally at the opposite end of the field. In the second half, coach Healy had enough confidence in this talented squad to bring in his bench and the players responded with gusto. Not content to hold a comfortable lead, they left their mark on this game, with the likes of Jordan Wille, Owen Gilbert and Santiago Brunel Cumming all proving their quality and extending Brentwood’s tally with a further two tries. As the coaches noted at the end of the game, "There were mistakes out there, but everyone played through them and recovered". Tomorrow Brentwood faces tougher opposition against St. Michaels University School, a team they have yet to beat this season. Kick off is at 1:15pm at Shawnigan Lake School and, after ironing out a few kinks today, the Brentwood boys are ready and hungry for the challenge.