Cowichan sides slip past Nanaimo

Slippery ball is held onto tight by Cowichan’s Darren Olsen against the defence of Mallory Roe of the Nanaimo Hornets. - Andrew Leong
Slippery ball is held onto tight by Cowichan’s Darren Olsen against the defence of Mallory Roe of the Nanaimo Hornets.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Saturday games at the Cowichan Rugby Club were definitely a soggy experience.

Both the Cowichan senior women and First Division men’s teams played in miserable conditions against Nanaimo, but made it all worthwhile by emerging with narrow victories.

The women went first and Cowichan captain Sherry Spence noted it was a wet day, but a great day. Nanaimo had beaten Cowichan handily in September so a 5-0 result was sweet revenge. “It was a defensive game all-around,’’ noted Spence.

Fullback Stacey Collison made one try-saving tackle. Otherwise, centres Audrey Park and Nenagh McCulloch couldn’t be beaten.

“Nothing went to wide without it being dropped by both teams due to the slippery conditions,’’ noted Spence.

That meant a busy time for the scrum. Lenneke Vinoly played a great game at hooker and Caity McCulloch’s pass from the back of a ruck ended up getting crashed over the line by Katie McKinty for the lone try.

Owen Wood kicked a penalty at the final whistle, his second of the game, to give the Cowichan men a 6-3 win.

“It was a nasty day,’’ said Cowichan coach Ian Murray. “We got fired up for the game. They came out tackling really well and it showed.’’

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