Cowichan caught by Capilano with a couple of late tries

Cowichan’s senior women’s rugby team had a terrific outing last Saturday, but two late tries prevented the host side from getting a win

Once the fog lifted, Cowichan’s senior women’s rugby team had a terrific outing against Capilano last Saturday, but two late tries by the North Vancouver visitors prevented the host side from getting a win in their final home game of 2015.

Cowichan led 24-10 at halftime, but couldn’t hold on, and ended up on the wrong side of a 36-31 final score.

“As the game went on, we could not keep our lead,” Cowichan captain Sherry Spence said. “We had some penalties and missed tackles that resulted in Capilano getting more points on us.”

Back-to-back converted tries drew Capilano even before a 60-metre try by Carolyn Gudmundseth converted by Michelle Moore restored the lead for Cowichan.

“The whistle couldn’t go fast enough, and Caps ended up getting two [tries] at the end of the game,” Spence lamented.

Spence opened the scoring as Cowichan had the upper hand in the first half, taking a pass from Nenagh McCulloch on a penalty play and charging through the Capilano defenders to the line. Gudmundseth also had two first-half tries and Quinn Battie added one, and Moore kicked two conversions.

“The new game plan that we have put into place was very effective,” Spence said. “The forwards had a solid game in the front row which gives nice ball to the backs to get them running with the ball and making lots of yards.”

Cowichan will test that new game plan on the road against Simon Fraser University this Saturday in the team’s final game of the year.