Flanker Gabbie Johnson gets the ball with Natalie Nguyen and Kaitlyn Jinda supporting against the Castaway Wanderers. Jesse Ramsay photo

Comox Valley rugby team shuts out Victoria opponent

The Comox Valley Kickers women’s rugby team shut out the Castaway Wanderers in a fast-paced and hard-hitting game, last weekend at Windsor Park in Victoria.

The Kickers utilized quick ball handling to take advantage of a faster and more experienced backline. The forward pack was strong and out-muscled the opposing side. Comox Valley had possession for most of the game, which allowed for numerous attacking phases and forced the Wanderers to constantly be on their back foot.

Inside centre Natalie Nguyen registered a hat-trick of tries. Outside centre Brenna Collicutt, fullback Daris Tendler and flanker Danelle Campbell each added a try, and flyhalf Paula Simpson kicked four converts. The final score was 38-0. The Kickers have a 2-1 record for the season.

“We continued where we left off last game with our teamwork. Offensively, we made use of our opportunities to score, and defensively, we neutralized the opposition by putting constant pressure and covering very well,” said Kickers coach JP Lussier. “If we keep playing with that intensity, we could upset the league’s top teams that we have to play in the upcoming weeks.”

On Saturday, Feb, 29, the women host the Nanaimo Hornets at Cumberland Village Park for an anticipated rematch against their Island rivals. After having a bye this week, the Kickers men’s team plays in Victoria against the James Bay Athletic Association.

The Kickers continue to recruit players for the season. No experience needed.

FMI: comoxvalleyrugby.ca or email cvkickers@gmail.com

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