Velox throttles Cowichan men
Cowichan Rugby Club’s First Division men were expecting a tough game from Velox Valhallians Saturday.
And that’s exactly what they got at the Herd Road Grounds in a 31-7 defeat.
“I heard they thrashed Nanaimo the week before and Nanaimo beat us 29-0,’’ said Cowichan coach Ian Murray.
“Other than not tackling very well early on, we controlled the play, we controlled the territory and then we coughed it up.’’
Mistakes proved costly and Velox turned them immediately into tries. All in all, though, it was a positive outing for Murray.
“We had possession at the start, we controlled and then, ‘boom,’ they scored,’’ he said.
“We are definitely improving. We are very young. We’ve got some guys that haven’t played very much.’’
Lucas Quast, one of those relative newcomers, scored the lone Cowichan try converted by Owen Wood.
The weather didn’t turn out to be a factor after a steady downpour earlier in the day.
Cowichan takes on a younger Velox Academy side in its next game Saturday at Velox. The Cowichan women, who had a bye on the weekend, will also be making the trip with the men to make up a doubleheader at Velox.
Cowichan men have only played two previous games this season, losing to Nanaimo in the Wayne Peace Memorial game and beating Port Alberni handily.
Meanwhile, Murray went on a major road trip to play in the Over 45 World Vintage Rugby Tournament in Hawaii. He played in Hawaii years ago and suited up for the home side in a field that included teams from Portugal, Czech Republic, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and many more.