It was great day for local rugby spectators. The sun was shining, the pitch was perfect, two fairly equal teams took to the field. It could have been a perfect rugby day, had the locals given a few more timely passes and offered up a more Scroogian defense.
The enterprising Crows opened the scoring at the 5-minute mark to take the lead 7 - 0. Burnaby struck back immediately, finding space around the outside to score an unconverted try in the corner. The Burnaby barrage did not stop as the Crows struggled to contain the Burnaby backline. By the 20-minute mark, the score was 24 - 7 for the visitors.
The hardy Crows fought back and had the ball for much of the rest of the first half. Many opportunities were left unfinished, many great breaks with support saw the ball held just that one step too long. The continous Crows bombardment was rewarded with a 2nd Crows score, making the half-time tally 24 - 14 for Burnaby.
The second half saw the Lakers score a quick try, taking a 29 - 14 lead. The resilient locals never quit and scored another team try under the posts to draw the match to 29 - 21. The game remained for the Crows taking, as they retained ball and continued to attack. The back-breaker came at the 60 minute mark, when a Crows clearing kick from within their 22 was blocked and the visitors touched it down under the posts.
The Crows got one more and were always in the match. Final score 36 - 28, although the sideline pundits thought there might have been one more try for Burnaby. Those same sideline specialists gave the Man of the Match to Sebastian Miranda, whose crunching tackles and continuous support made the game tougher on our opponents.
Next game for the Crows Men is October 27, when they travel to Abbotsford.