The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s squad battled hard but came up short in their second game of the preseason in the B.C. Rugby Union’s Premier Division.
On Saturday at the Parkinson Rec Centre, the Heat fell 38-29 to the visiting Bayside club from Surrey.
It was a much improved effort for UBCO over their first Premier game, 52-0 to Burnaby Lake.
Heat veteran Monique Beaulieu was pleased with her team’s play and improvement from the first outing.
“We did better in defence coming up off the line and closing the gap,” said Beaulieu. “Our forwards were more mobile than theirs and we were able to gained those crucial inches with our crash balls setting up a good platform for the backs. When we sent it wide we were able to use our speed on the outside with an overlap to our advantage.”
The speed was evident early on as UBC Okanagan was the first team on the board with an early try by the speedy back Kate Smith.
Bayside fired back and struck for three tries in the first half, completing the conversion on two of the three. The score at the break was close but the veteran Bayside squad held a slim 19-12 lead on the Heat.
The Heat’s Danielle Ferns scored right out of the break after a Bayside penalty and completed the conversion to draw UBC Okanagan even at 19, a stalemate ensued until Smith scored her second of the match to put the upstart Heat up 24-19.
Tied at 24, Chloe Worrall scored on a strange play after all the UBC Okanagan backs got tied up in a maul, and left all the forwards to make the passing line. The ball went through Charlotte Hall, Monique Beaulieu, and Jordan Pittman in a neat little line that found Chloe on the wing with the overlap.
Bayside scored the final 15 points to win on the road in comeback fashion.
The Heat are now 0-2 and things will not get easier for the team looking for their first win. On Saturday, the team will travel to Saturday Seattle to play the undefeated Seattle Saracens at Magnuson Park.