Cowichan’s Louis Gudmundseth, left, prepares to pass the ball to Andrew Gudmundseth early in the Piggies’ win over the Comox Kickers last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Piggies shut down shorthanded Comox team

Men’s and women’s rugby teams prepare for showdown with Westshore

Cowichan Piggies head coach Andrew Wright didn’t have a lot to say after his team’s one-sided win over the Comox Kickers last Saturday.

“It’s hard to take anything positive or negative out of it,” he said. “Our ball-handling was excellent; we’ve put a lot of training into it.”

It was a tough situation for the rebuilding Comox team, who showed up at Piggie Park shorthanded. Cowichan loaned them a player, but he was hurt in the early going, so the teams ended up playing most of the game at 14-a-side.

“Credit to them, they kept playing,” Wright said. “They have less than a handful of players and they’re younger. They’re trying to rebuild the club. It would be great to see them actually compete at the First Division level on the Island.”

Cowichan will host Westshore this Saturday at 1 p.m. for the first Times Cup match of the season. The Piggies should have a couple of new faces in the lineup, including Rowan Carter from Saskatchewan and Nick Joe, who has moved up from the junior ranks. Veteran Noah Dobson is also back from fighting forest fires. That does create a bit of a logjam on the front lines.

“We have an abundance of forwards,” Wright noted. “Hopefully we can convert some of them to back positions before the weekend.”

Cowichan’s women’s team will also play Westshore on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. Cowichan lost 44-19 to a strong Comox women’s side last weekend, getting tries from Carolyn Gudmundseth, Hannah Morton and newcomer Hannah McKevitt.

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