Jon Bailey (right) of the Chilliwack Crusaders tackles a Surrey Beavers player during a men’s rugby game at Yarrow Sports Field on Saturday.

Surrey stops Crusaders in spring season opener

Chilliwack's rugby Crusaders started strong and finished slow in a home opener loss in BC Rugby Union action.

Chilliwack’s rugby Crusaders fell 20-7 to Surrey last weekend in their first game of the spring season.

The Crusaders started well and got on the board first.

Brian Harding sent a kick to the far corner, and on the next play Lozzie Davies crashed over for the lone Chilliwack try. Solomon Puckey added the convert.

Defensive lapses helped Surrey to score twice in the last 10 minutes of the first half, taking a 15-7 lead into the break.

The Crusaders mixed in some subs in the second half, and the fresh legs helped them keep most of the play between the 22 yard lines.

But a yellow card proved costly.

Down one man due to a foul, Chilliwack couldn’t keep the visitors out of the end-zone. Surrey’s unconverted try wrapped up the scoring.

New players are welcome at Tuesday and Thursday night practices (7 p.m.) at the CFB base field.