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Seattle-OPSB defeated Richmond 46-12 in British Columbia's Okanagan Spring Brewery DI league to move to 9-1, solidly in 2nd behind the University of British Columbia.
Aaron Fry was forwards player of the game and Tony Gobern the backs player of the game in a match notable also for the first appearance of Shalom Suniula.
The USA 7s player performed well at the recent USA 15s camp and is looking push for a spot with the 15s Eagles. As a result, he is starting to play with Beach and did well.
Seattle-OPSB had a slow start but, said captain Matt Trouville, "we started to play our game and be more physical. We were able to open it up late and Mikey Palefau scored a couple of really nice tries. It was a good team effort."
Perhaps the pick of the scores, through, was when Lou Stanfill set up fellow USA forward John Cullen for a try.
Seattle-OPSB has just the one loss on their record, but it was a loss when they were missing several starters. As they are expecting to be without some starters during the World Cup Qualifiers, the fact that the likes of Fry and Gobern played well is encouraging for them.
Certainly they need to keep winning. Seattle was almost pushed out of the BC league as some clubs complained of the travel. But as a founding member of the BC Rugby Union, Seattle had some supporters, too, and remained in BC after a league-wide vote went their way. The string attached was that last season they had to play all of their games on the road.
Fielding often their second-string team, as the first-string was in the Elite Cup, Seattle-OPSB finished 5-10-1, but fulfilled all of their fixtures. As a result, thie season they are back to a regular home-and-away scenario.
Now, the plan is to win the DI playoffs in May an thus attain promotion to the BC Premier League. Sometimes two teams get promoted, but not always.
This past weekend's game was important to that end because Richmond came into the match 7-2, and could have closed to withing two standings points with a victory. Instead, Seattle-OPSB is now 12 points clear of Richmond for 2nd.
"Our goal is to get promoted," said Troubille.
Not only is Seattle-OPSB playing well in BC DI, their 2nds are also winning. Seattle-OPSB is 8-2 and in 2nd place in the Okanagan Spring Brewery DII league, behind 11-0 UBC.
BC Premier League Standings:
Burnaby Lake 8-1-40
James Bay 6-3-31
Castaway Wanderers 5-4-23
Rowing Club 4-5-18
BC DI Standings: