Burnaby Lake unbeaten in premier rugby league

There appears to be no stopping the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club.

The premier division men's team won its fourth consecutive elite league fixture following a 41-12 win that sent the University of Victoria packing at Burnaby Lake-East on Saturday.

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Burnaby scrum half Geoff Ryan booted the home team into the lead early, converting a pair of penalty goals in the opening minutes to put the visiting Vikings on their heels.

The league's leading scorer Jeke Gotegote ran in a pair of first-half tries, while team captain Mike Gough also tallied.

Ryan converted all three scores to give the Lakers a 27-0 advantage at the interval.

Nathan Mantle answered UVic's opening try of the second half.

Giuseppe Laudisio finished off Burnaby Lake's scoring after another earlier UVic score.

The win was Burnaby's first over the students in premier league play since 2008, when the Lakers edged Victoria 2522 at Wallace Field.

"Because this was our first game against an Island team and we didn't know what to expect, we came out strong with the idea they would be our best opposition so far. Our strong start . allowed us to calm the game down," said Gough in a B.C. Rugby press release. "We're not getting ahead of ourselves, as two of those wins were against understrength sides from earlier this year. We still aren't sure how strong the remaining Island sides will be either."

Other scores in the premier divison this week included: Capilano's 23-6 win over James Bay, and the Meralomas 56-0 romp over Abbotsford.

On Vancouver Island, reigning provincial champion Castaway Wanderers ran in seven tries to thump the UBC Old Boys 37-19 at Windsor Park.

In Division 1 play, Burnaby Lake defeated the UVic Norsemen 25-13 at home last weekend.

tberridge@royalcityrecord.com

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