Abbotsford rugby men fall to Meraloma

The top men's side from the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club took its lumps on Saturday, falling 56-0 to Meraloma.

A pair of Meraloma tacklers haul down Konrad Rybkowski of the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club during Premier League action at Exhibition Park on Saturday. Meraloma won 56-0.

A pair of Meraloma tacklers haul down Konrad Rybkowski of the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club during Premier League action at Exhibition Park on Saturday. Meraloma won 56-0.

The top men’s side from the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club took its lumps on Saturday, falling 56-0 to Meraloma Rugby Club in Premier League action at Exhibition Park.

Abbotsford saw four players go down with injuries in the first 20 minutes of the game, but managed to stay within striking distance at the half, trailing 15-0. The floodgates opened in the second half, though.

“Since I’ve been the coach, that was probably our worst performance,” summarized Abby head coach Jason Young. “Nothing went right, but sometimes you just have those games. We were unlucky to score a couple times, and it was frustrating.”

Abbotsford fell to 0-4 with the loss, while the Vancouver side improved to 1-3.

The ARFC men host Burnaby Lake Rugby Club on Saturday (2:45 p.m., Exhibition Park). The local squad beat Burnaby 24-22 back in October to qualify for the Premier League, but Burnaby has been on fire since then. They’re tops in the Premier League at 4-0.