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Richmond's U16 men's team hosted the lower mainland championship this past Sunday against the Capilano All Blacks. The Richmond boys were on the brink of completing a perfect season, where they had beaten the Caps in regular season in a nail-biting 10-7 victory.
Richmond started off slow, missing tackles and dropping the ball all too often. Luckily, Richmond's speedy winger Danny Chang was able to capitalize on Caps' sloppy handling, where he forced a turnover and ran the ball 40 meters to score a try. Matias McDonald followed up with the conversion. Minutes later, Caps gave up a penalty in McDonald's range and he added another 3 more points to Richmond's score. Chang then forced another turnover by pressuring his opposite number and nearly scored again, but was tackled inside the opposition 22. On the next phase the ball was given to the Richmond fly-half, Harjun Gill, who danced around a tackle and dove over the line for the score. The first half ended 15-0.
Early in the second half, Gill broke the Caps defensive line inside the 40 and would eventually set up a second Chang try, which was converted by McDonald. Richmond had two additional chance to score tries, however on both occasions the ball was dropped forward over the tryline. With only ten minutes remaining, Caps finally broke the Richmond shutout and crossed the line for an unconverted try. But it was too little too late. The final tally was 22-5 Richmond.
Congratulations to the entire squad on a perfect championship season: Harjun Gill, Brett Robertson, Mark Henriksen, Thomas Thiessen, Cody Krajic, Sarjan Gill, Nicolas Morowat, Terry Lok, Anton Metalnikov, Nolan Howell, Kyle Lebel, Alvaro Lopez, Bradley Kemp, Nick Wu, Troy Murray, Cale Barnbrook, Jordan Lee, Spencer Walker, Brian Plenert, Ethan Vera, Matias Mcdonald, Danny Chang, Tomasi Vataiki, Randy Berryman, Panos Xenakis, Dustin Sidhu and coaches: Al Smith, Kevin Nielsen, Jordan Howlett and Jagjot Dhaliwal.