Langley’s BSS rubgy season is on

The senior girls rugby team welcomed Surrey’s Elgin Park to the Brookswood rugby pitch and then soundly thumped the visitors, scoring a 20-5 victory March 12.

The win was impressive, considering half of the Bobcats were playing in their first-ever rugby game and were without star player, captain Brianne Kucey, who was nursing a knee injury.

The first half started with the home side completely dominating play. Veteran prop and one of the team’s leaders, Elise Cluney, rumbled through the Elgin Park defenders with many punishing runs and scored the game’s first two tries.

The Bobcats’ defense was smothering, not allowing the visitors out of their half for the first 20 minutes. Grade 11 rookie Nicole Taleon was especially impressive, providing many lethal tackles to go along with her outstanding running with the ball.

Scrum-half Natalie Nguyen showed great leadership running the offense and was consistent with her attacks througout the first half. Nguyen’s hard running earned her the Bobcats third try of the first half.

Brookside played without any substitutes and as the half went on, fatigue set in. The ball moved back and forth, and just before the half, Elgin Park scored their first try of the game.

The second half saw both teams struggle offensively as the defenses stepped up.

In the final minutes of the match, winger Nadia Anthea broke through with an outstanding 60-metre run, breaking many tackles before out-running the Elgin Park defenders for the final try of the game.

The team has time off over spring break and resume league play when they travel to North Delta to take on the Huskies.

Brookswood Rugby is working hard to develop the teams in anticipation of a Rugby Tour in California in the spring of 2015.

New players are always welcome to join the team at anytime throughout the season.

If any anyone from Grade 8-12 is interested, contact teacher Dino Camparmo.

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