Cowichan women hang on to third place with win over Capilano

The CRFC senior women’s team needed a win over Capilano last weekend in order to hold on to third place.

The Cowichan Rugby Football Club’s senior women’s team needed a win over Capilano last weekend in order to hold on to third place in the Women’s Premiership, and that’s exactly what they got.

Cowichan made the trip over to North Vancouver for the important match last Saturday, and came away with a close 40-36victory.

“It didn’t come easy for the 16 players who took the trip over,” Cowichan forward Sherry Spence said. “Unfortunately we had a shorter bench then usual, with our captain Laura Russell taking the game off to rest an injury from the Westshore game.”

The North Vancouver side had a specific game plan, but Cowichan had an answer for it.

“Capilano played a very much forward pick-and-go game, and capitalized around the ruck,” Spence said. “But we were able to get the ball wide.”

Laura Russell’s national squad teammates Kelly Russell and Natasha Smith each scored twice, while another Canada player,Tyson Beukeboom, scored once, and Rebecca Kerswell also had one try. Kelly Russell also kicked five converts.

Fullback Kerswell and Beukeboom, who filled in at No. 8, were picked as Players of the Game.

All club teams have this weekend off due to the Canada Sevens in Vancouver, but Cowichan hopes to keep its momentum going when they host top-ranked Westshore when play resumes on March 18.

“It is really exciting to finally see our game plan come into play,” Spence said. “With some work to do defensively over the next couple weeks we will be ready to take on Westshore at home in two weeks.”