Heading to Port Alberni last Saturday with just 15 players, Cowichan Piggies coach Andrew Wright tried to be optimistic.
Even at halftime, things weren’t looking too bad, as the Piggies trailed the Black Sheep just 17-7. But as the game went on, injuries took their toll, and Cowichan ended the First Division rugby match on the wrong side of a 48-14 score.
“We held our own in the first half and played extremely well, but we ended up finishing with 13 [men] on the field,” Wright said. “Port just hammered us down in the second half and put it away.”
Jordan McGarvey finished off a brilliant run by Andrew Gudmundseth for the Piggies’ first try of the game, and Randy Barton scored the last try of the game. Jenner Teufel converted both scores.
Comox has backed out of the game that was scheduled for this coming weekend.
“We need a rest, obviously, so it’s good luck for us,” Wright said.
The team’s next game will now be at home against Oak Bay on Nov. 12.