Liam Simmonds gains ground for the Piggies deep in Alberni’s end during the first half of last Saturday’s Cowichan win. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Piggies build off great start for big win over Black Sheep

Rugby clubs have this weekend off for Canada Sevens

A great start to the match propelled the Cowichan Piggies to a 28-10 victory over the Port Alberni Black Sheep in men’s First Division rugby at the Herd Road pitch last Saturday afternoon.

“The boys were focused and had the right mindset right off the top,” praised Cowichan head coach Andrew Wright.

The Piggies were on the board before the game was five minutes old after Robin Gusse took a quick tap penalty pass and powered over the line. Owen Wood slotted the conversion, his first of three on the day.

Cowichan found a way to control most of the game after that.

“It was a pretty scrambled game of rugby,” Wright commented. “But we know how to play that game.”

After a lineout and a handful of phases, Louis Gudmundseth took some knocks and got the ball over the line to put Cowichan ahead 14-0. Port got on the board after making their way down the field through a series of penalties and scored on a driving maul, but didn’t make the kick and the Piggies led 14-5 at halftime.

The Piggies came out firing in the second half, and Port soon had two men in the sin bin. Cowichan used the advantage in numbers to get a try from Colten Smith, followed by a penalty try on which Wood didn’t have to kick the conversion. Alberni managed to add one more before the game ended.

The rivals will meet again in the Island championship a week after Easter, and the final two First Division games for each team will determine who hosts. Wright feels good about Cowichan’s chances.

“Things are looking good,” he said. “The boys are feeling it.”

All clubs have this week off while the World Rugby Sevens Series hits Vancouver. The Piggies will be at home against Nanaimo the following week.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

North Cowichan mayor answers questions about new RCMP detachment

The current building went up in 1980, when there were 30 people working there.

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses claim against Island Corridor Foundation

Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose) First Nation was seeking return of reserve land as railway sits unused

Man dies at temporary Duncan tent site for homeless

First Nations man died at The Mound site

No doctor assisted death allowed at Hamlets in Duncan

Faith-based company that owns facility believes in sanctity of life

UPDATED: Minivan crashes into Merchants building in downtown Duncan

There is no word yet on the cause of the crash.

All community COVID-19 outbreaks declared over in B.C.

Abbotsford manufacturer cleared by Dr. Bonnie Henry

B.C. First Nations vow to keep fighting after Trans Mountain pipeline appeal denied

Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band made the application

‘Queue jumpers’ not welcome in B.C. as COVID-19 U.S. cases rise: Horgan

Premier Horgan said he’s heard concerns that Americans have stopped at Vancouver hotels instead of heading to their destination

US officer resigns after photos, connected to death of black man in 2019, surface

Elijah McClain died, last summer, after police placed him in a chokehold

Black worker files discrimination complaint against Facebook

Oscar Veneszee, Jr. has worked as an operations program manager at Facebook since 2017

Nestle Canada selling bottled water business to local family-owned company

The Pure Life bottled water business is being sold to Ice River Springs

Major B.C. salmon farm tests new containment system to curb sea lice infestations

System “essentially eliminates” contact between wild and farmed fish stocks, says Cermaq

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

President Donald Trump said the jobs report shows the economy is “roaring back”

Most Read