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Cowichan overcomes a pair of yellows to power past Velox

Pat Fraser of Cowichan and Niki Belyea of Velox collided in mid-air for the ball during a 1st Division Men rugby game on April 5 at Cowichan Rugby Club - Andrew Leong
Pat Fraser of Cowichan and Niki Belyea of Velox collided in mid-air for the ball during a 1st Division Men rugby game on April 5 at Cowichan Rugby Club
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A bit of penalty trouble and two yellow cards wasn't enough to break the Cowichan men's rugby winning streak.

The First XV men's team suited up against Velox Saturday for a match with top seeding for provincials on the line. The local boys came out victorious 26-11.

"It was a great game on all fronts," said coach Gord McGeachy. "The game started positively for us keeping Velox pinned in their own half with some great defensive pressure."

This was soon translated into points as Cowichan's forwards took the ball over the line with Robbie MacDonnell touching it down to put his team ahead 5-0.

"After some more sustained pressure, Owen Wood went over for our second score which he was also able to convert a very tough kick 12-0 after 25 minutes," said McGeachy.

First half Cowichan scoring was rounded off by Andrew Gudmundseth and again converted by Wood to make it 19-0.

But some penalty trouble towards the end of the first half allowed Velox to get on the board with two well-taken penalty kicks, explained the coach. That brought the halftime score to 19-6.

Cowichan started the second one man down after a yellow card just before the break. But the team immediately went into defensive mode and was able to withstand a Velox push toward its line until both sides were even again.

"With about 15 minutes left in the match Velox was able to pick off an errant pass and and touch it down to bring the score to 19-11 and moments later we received our second yellow card of the match putting us back down to 14 players again for the next 10 minutes," said McGeachy.

After serving his 10 minutes, Cowichan's Peter Budina was able to go over their final score again converted by Wood.

McGeachy credited a team effort in securing the win, but said standout performances came from forward Ty Jones and back George Bantin.

Next up Cowichan's taking on Port Alberni at home Saturday at 1 p.m. in the first round of play-offs.

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