This Saturday the Scribes seniors were in action against Ridge Meadows. The game was played at Gordon Park on a beautiful sunny day – perfect conditions for two teams hungry for a big win. Although the Scribes had been handed a win by default from Meraloma’s forfeiture two weeks prior, the boys in Gold were eager to come out ahead after a full 80 minutes of rugby.
The Scribes found themselves behind early after Ridge Meadows converted two penalty kicks. Trying to get onto the board, Aussie Dan attempted a penalty kick from well behind the 22 metre line, but fell short. He would earn a bit of redemption not more than 5 minutes later. Following several phases of aggressive forward play deep in Ridge Meadows territory, Dan carried the ball over the goal line for the Scribes first score of the game. The conversion sailed wide and the Scribes were looking the wrong way at a 6-5 deficit. Ridge Meadows answered back promptly, stealing a lineout ball deep in Scribes territory and scoring a try off the ensuing play.
Play went back and forth for the rest of the half with neither team gaining an edge. The Scribes had a run of luck in the 35th minute when a Ridge Meadows player was yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle. The Scribes pressed on with the man advantage and were awarded a crucial scrum on the 5-metre line. Ridge Meadows managed to hold the line, but soon the Scribes’ momentum was just too much for them – the Scribes were awarded a penalty, again on the 5 metre line, and after a few pretty passes, Trevor carried the ball over. Aussie Dan made the conversion with no time left on the clock, to send the Scribes into the half with a narrow, 12-11 lead.
The early part of the 2nd half was all Scribes. Following a gorgeous sustained possession, marching nearly the length of the field, 7% came up to join the back line and scored a gorgeous try. Not long after, the Scribes again found themselves deep in Ridge Meadows territory, and after winning a scrum, CJ broke through the Ridge Meadows line to score the Scribes’ 4th try of the match.
Things settled down for the Scribes as they played to protect their lead. Following a broken play up the wing, speedy Simon turned on his jets and finished with an authoritative leap into the corner of the end-goal. At this point the Scribes had scored 25 unanswered points.
Late in the game while driving the field, the Scribes had a bit of miscommunication that resulted in a Ridge Meadows player intercepting a pass deep in his own territory, and going on an 80 metre sprint to score another try. That was the last score of the match, and the Scribes happily celebrated a 31-18 victory. Next week the Scribes play host to Chilliwack, and will look to extend their winning ways.
On Sunday the Old Boys (Eastside Gents) played the Snow Caps & Greyhounds at Trout Lake. Unfortunately the Gents could not pull off a win.
The Under 15′s & 17′s teams played the Capilanos at their home ground, and unfortunately neither team could pull off a win.