It was a tough weekend for both rugby clubs, as both fell in their respective matches.

The Comox Valley Kickers Men’s team hosted Westshore RFC at Cumberland Village Park, losing 20-10. Curtis Card and Brandon Hudson scored tries for Comox Valley.

“We’ve definitely improved since our last game.  Our scrums were strong, and we ran the ball well.  It was very much a back and forth game filled with hard hits,” said team captain Brandon Hudson.

“We had one try that was held up in the end zone and were unable to score from the resulting scrum.  We missed some key tackles that allowed Westshore to score a breakaway try.  Those two plays would end up being the difference maker.  All in all, I am very happy with how the team performed.  We have a ton of potential and look forward to playing more rugby games.”

The Comox Valley Kickers Women’s team suffered their first loss of the season, losing 34-7 to the Nanaimo Hornets.  Karli MacFarlane scored the lone try for the Kickers, with Paula Simpson successfully kicking the convert.

“It was a cold and rainy rugby day, making it difficult to pass the ball out wide and use our speed.  We were within 5 metres of scoring a few times during the game but were unable to capitalize.  Those missed opportunities really hurt us, ” said team captain Natalie Nguyen.

“We made too many mistakes and conceded too many penalties. At the end of the day, Nanaimo played a better game and deserved the win.  The big takeaway for us is how will we respond.  We have a hard schedule coming up, heading to Victoria on consecutive weekends after the bye.  I am very optimistic that we will be able to learn and grow from this loss and become an even stronger team going forward.”

Both the men’s and the women’s team are continually recruiting players.  No experience necessary.  Practices are held Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cumberland Village Park.  Everyone welcome.