Rock's Canadian Rugby Championship hopes crushed

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The British Columbia Bears crushed an injury-plagued Atlantic Rock squad 40-18 in Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) League play at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C. Monday.

The Rock, which lost 47-23 to the Prairie Wolf Pack Saturday in Calgary, Alta., fell to 1-3 on the season.

The team, based in St. John’s, finishes its season Sep. 21 at home to the Ontario Blues.    

The Rock’s lineup is so depleted due in injuries, the coaching staff was forced to go with only two players from the team’s usual starting backline.

As an example, in the second half of the game The Rock was forced to use flanker Kevin Parfrey at scrum half and No. 8 Zac Coughlan at wing along with putting newcomers Ian Armour and Andrew Jamieson on the field.

“We knew what was coming, we just couldn’t stop it," said The Rockhead coach Simon Blanks.

“Pat Kay had the best game I’ve ever seen him play and I thought (Adam) Kleeberger was outstanding at the break down,” Blanks said of the Bears standouts.

Kay kicked half of his team’s points, while two-time Rugby World Cup representative Kleeberger, has been capped 35 times for Canada,

 

Wolf Pack 47, The Rock 23

Zac Coughlan, Jason Picco and Patrick Parfrey scored tries for The Rock Friday.

Dean Blanks, who left the game due to a head injury, kicked a penalty. Robert Wilson had a conversion.

Blanks, the team’s veteran fullback, fractured his skull and is out for the rest of the season.

The Wolf Pack led 19-13 at the half.

Organizations: Ontario Blues

Geographic location: Atlantic Rock, Westhills Stadium, Langford Calgary, Alta Canada

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