Welcome to Varsity Letter’s weekly B.C. High School Rugby Report.
No. 1 SMUS 38 No. 4 R.A. MCMATH 31
VICTORIA — A balanced offensive attack proved just enough for Victoria’s host St. Michaels University School Blue Jags on Friday in Round 2 of the Stadium Series against its fellow Top 10 Double A foes from Richmond.
Quinn Ngawati, Dennis Siegrist, Nick Papaloukas, Matt Hagkull, Jasper Bosley and Bryn Haydock each scored tries with Ngawati adding four conversions as the Jags out-scored Richmond’s R.A. McMath Wildcats 38-31 at Centennial Stadium.
“It was wide-open and entertaining,” said SMUS’ head coach Ian Hyde-Lay, who next leads his side into the Howard Russell Cup final, emblematic of South Island senior boys rugby supremacy on May 11 (6 p.m.) at SMUS.
LORD TWEEDSMUIR 39 SALMON ARM 24
KELOWNA — Lukas Aguirre’s 60-metre scoring run in the early stages was the first of his three unanswered match-opening trys Friday as Surrey’s Panthers topped the Salmon Arm Golds in Round 2 of the Stadium Series.
The Salmon Arm boys did not back down, however, and their powerful tight-five forwards rambled for several impressive gains in a first half played in rain, hail and thunder.
The Tweedsmuir team enjoyed strong performances from scrum-half Aidan Heemskerk, who threatened to score every time he touched the ball and recorded two tries for his efforts.
Captain Mack Allinson and Winston Shimamura also scored trys.
Earlier in the week, Lord Tweedsmuir lost 52-21 to city rival Earl Marriott.
No. 2 COLLINGWOOD 45 No. 7 ROBERT BATEMAN 12
ABBOTSFORD — Cam Bird, Matt Frost, Duncan Bustos and Carter Proc all scored first-half tries as West Vancouver’s Cavaliers used a good mix of forward power and speed in their backs en route to a win over the host Timberwolves in a Stadium Series Round 2 battle of Top 10 Double A sides.
The Cavs added three more tries in the first 11 minutes of the second half, one from Proc to give him three on the day, and another from Bustos, for a 45-0 lead.
Scoring for Bateman were scrum-half Josh Laguanes after receiving a great pass from No. 8 Lucas Schulz and prop Brock McCartney after receiving a pop pass from Sean Moynahan.
McCartney’s try, a 35-yard sprint under the posts, was converted by fullback Charlie May.
No. 8 GLENLYON NORFOLK 34 No. 9 LANGLEY 33
Langley took a 33-27 lead with four minutes remaining but surrendered a converted game-winning try with no time remaining in its one-point loss to Glenlyon Norfolk. in Round 2 of the Stadium Series.
In a game which was tied at the half and featured multiple lead changes, each team’s respective fly halves were dominant, including Langley’s Meeka Gay who scored one try.
Langley outside centre Nathan King scored three tries.
No. 10 ELGIN PARK 14 No. 8 ARGYLE 12
SURREY — A penalty try and subsequent conversion on the game’s final play by Jamie Gazzola gave the host Orcas a heart-stopping victory over North Vancouver’s visiting Pipers as Round 2 of the Stadium Series neatly packaged a re-match of last season’s B.C. Triple A Tier 2 final.
Argyle opened the scored to lead 5-0 and then scored a converted try off an interception to take a 12-0 lead into halftime.
Led by B.C. No. 8 man Carter MacDonald, who pulled Elgin Park to within 12-7 with 10 minutes remaining, and openside flanker Angue Grieve, the Orcas kept on coming.
A flurry of Argyle penalties on its own goal line late in the contest led to the penalty try and set the stage for Gazzola’s dramatic game-winning convert.
No. 2 ST. GEORGE’S 56 No. 4 HANDSWORTH 8
VANCOUVER — The host Saints scored 10 tries, three converted, to top North Vancouver’s Royals and take first place in the Lower Mainland Triple A league.
“Handsworth are a very physical, hard-tackling team, but in the end, we retained possession much better than we did last Saturday against Shawnigan Lake,” said Saints’ rugby boss Mike Stiles. “We pushed the tempo of the game, getting our forwards much more involved in the open play on attack.
“We were patient, and created turnovers from smart positional play and first-time tackles.”
OTHER STADIUM SERIES SCORES
Oak Bay 33 Carson Graham 22
Abbotsford 45 D.W. Poppy 16
W.J. Mouat 31 Kelowna 17
L.V. Rogers 38 Clarence Fulton 12
Brentwood College 51 Rockridge 7
Fleetwood Park 22 G.P. Vanier 10
Earl Marriott 22 Calremont 7
Gleneagle 41 Nanaimo District 34
Shawnigan Lake def. Handsworth
South Delta 29 Cowichan 12
Terry Fox 14 Belmont 7