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04.25.17: Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Rugby Report

Welcome to Varsity Letters’ weekly B.C. high school rugby report.

This week, St. George’s and Yale check in with the results of their matches.

ST. GEORGE’S 15 ST. ANDREWS (Aurora, Ont.) 13

OTTAWA — It was a dream weekend for the boys rugby program at Vancouver’s St. George’s School.

The Saints’ senior varsity first XV were on the road in Ottawa where they claimed the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools national championship.

And they did it in dramatic fashion.

Trailing 13-12 to St. Andrews of Aurora, Ont., St. George’s was awarded a penalty on the final play of the match and walked off as champions after a successful kick by Canadian under-18 national fly half Jack Scher.

“The guys had a great experience,” said St. George’s rugby program boss Mike Stiles of a senior side currently perched at No. 2 in the B.C. Triple A rankings. “We’d never been in it with our first 15, so I was really happy with the result and how they were able to clutch up and win the title.”

Back on its home pitch on Friday, the Saints won the B.C. junior sevens invitational tournament title by topping arch-rival Shawnigan Lake in the finals.

Coming on the heels of a narrow semifinal win over Brentwood College, the Saints’ JV 7s got quality performances from Thomas Kirkwood, Connor Palmer and Justin Litherland.


Abbotsford’s Triple A No. 6-ranked Yale Lions topped Surrey’s Earl Marriott Mariners 52-26 behind a four-try performance from fullback Diego Zuniga.

“Obviously we did well with the ball in scoring a lot of points,” said Yale head coach Doug Primrose, whose side got a great effort on re-starts and attack from lock Joey Meier. “However our defence was a concern and something we need to address moving forward.”

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