1st Division Men 17-0
Despite less then favourable field conditions, the United men would look to build on the previous weeks win and seek payback for the loss Langley handed them only 2 weeks earlier. Rigby from the opening kickoff United would put Langley under pressure with strong tackling once again from centers Orisi Vukivana and Beau Yates. United would open the scoring with winger Joe Bukalase making a break down the sideline and offloading the ball mid tackle to scrum half Peni Koroi for the try. United would continue to maintain control of the game as the forwards would dictate the flow of play with the strong leadership of veteran second rows Steve Levis and Matt Campbell leading the charge. Before the end of the half United would once again cross the try line with strong running from Prop Gord Alikksaar smashing his way through a would be Langley defender.
The second half would definitely see the intensity rise as the bitter rivals refused to give each other any breathing room. With United down a few starters and subs like Josh Cullen now pulling double duty from already playing in the 2nd division game, United continued to dictate the game. With 20 minutes to go United would take a red card forcing them to play a man short for the remainder of the match, but despite this hindrance United’s forwards went to work. After a series of pick and go’s and mauled balls, Steve Levis would see himself across the line just before the end of the game to finish off with a 17-0 score in favour of United
2nd Division Men 6-15
Much like in the 1st division game, the United 2nds would from the opening whistle control the field of play with prop Ted Matsumoto providing not only strong offensive play but also a force to be reckoned with defensively as phase after phase, Langley runners could not find a way through him. United would be gifted a penalty kick early on in the half as Langley, frustrated by the United defence would find themselves on the wrong side of the referees whistle. Strong tactical kicking by standoff and captain Rory Fralick would see winger Cole Schonofer consistently putting Langleys back 3 under pressure. Before the half was up United would see Curtis Giffin make good on another penalty kick leaving United up 6-0 heading into the half.
Langley sensing the urgency of the game would begin to build pressure on a tiring United team. Despite strong tackling by Damir Maylone and Josh Collen, Langley would soon find themselves across the try line 3 times in the second half with United failing to answer back leaving the score a disappointing 6-15 in favour of the visitors.The 3rd Division men did not play as the Meralomas failed to field a team and were forced to forfeit
United Women 1st Div results from Feb 18th
This weekend The United Women’s First Division team had a tough game against Nanaimo. With puddles being shovelled off the field between plays, it was hard to determine whether it was a water polo or rugby match taking place. Although the United Women’s First Division team suffered a loss of 27-0, they continuously put their bodies on the line, making crushing tackles even if it meant landing in puddles. Karli Coupland, Elysia Saundry and Samantha Maddalozzo all had strong games, and contributed greatly to United’s defense. First Division looks forward to their bye this weekend in hopes of feeling returning to the rest of their extremities.
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