Piggies pummel Port

The Cowichan Piggies ventured last Saturday into territory that hasn't often been kind to them.

The Cowichan Piggies ventured last Saturday into territory that hasn’t often been kind to them, but returned as the conquering heroes after beating the Port Alberni Black Sheep 28-3 in a key First Division rugby test.

“That’s a good result for us, especially up there,” head coach Gord McGeachy said. “They were missing a few bodies, a few key players, but for the most part, it was a really solid effort from us.”

The match started off relatively even, but the Piggies got on the board first with a try from Rob McDonnell that went unconverted. Tate Rose followed that up with another unconverted score to make it 10-0 before the Black Sheep got all their points for the day on a penalty goal. At the end of the half, Peter Budina slotted a drop goal, and Cowichan led 13-3 at the midway point.

The second half started similar to the first, but the Piggies got the first points once again on another drop goal by Budina at the 15-minute mark. Jenner Teufel scored a try seven minutes later and kicked the conversion, Cowichan’s first and only of the game. Andrew Gudmundseth finished the scoring off, giving his team a fourth try and a valuable bonus point in the standings.

“It was a pretty solid team effort,” McGeachy said. “The forwards played well as a unit. I think the biggest thing was our team defence. We tackled well as a team; they’re not an easy team to keep off the scoreboard.”

The Piggies will be at home to the Nanaimo Hornets this Saturday, kicking off at 1 p.m.

“We’re looking to gain a little more traction in the standings,” McGeachy said. “And avenge a pretty embarrassing loss earlier in the season.”