The South Delta Sun Devils and Robert Bateman Timberwolves, a pair of public schools, clash Saturday to determine the B.C. title at the province's second-highest tier of schoolboy rugby competition. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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All You Can Eat, Day 2: Rugby BC’s set the championship dance card! Bateman, S. Delta, Collingwood, Brentwood each a win away from title town

Day 2 is now in the books at the 2018 B.C. Secondary Schools Rugby Union B.C. championships. Tonight, we break down the re-match of an early season clash which few would have thought at the time was a preview to this Saturday’s B.C. Triple A Tier 1 championship.

Chilliwack's G.W. Graham Grizzlies surrounded and outscored East Van's Tupper Tigers in B.C. AA Tier 1 action Wednesday in Abbotsford. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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All you can eat: A rugby feast on Day 1 of 2018 BC’s sees a near Mountain-ous upset and West Van’s heart-stopping win!

ABBOTSFORD — We’ve covered Quad-A semifinals in two earlier postings. Here’s our look at the rest of the senior varsity happenings from Day 1 of the 2018 B.C. high school rugby championships:

Shawnigan Lake prop Andre Janse van Rensburg (left, 1) can attest to the hard-hitting nature of Wednesday's B.C. Quad-A semifinal against Vancouver's St. George's Saints. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Furious Saints comeback falls short, dynastic Stags rally late as Shawnigan Lake now preps for B.C. Quad-A final against Oak Bay

VANCOUVER — The Shawnigan Lake Stags almost let some mental lapses torpedo their bid for a fourth straight B.C. senior boys top-tiered high school rugby championship.

Oak Bay's Nick Carson was a force of nature near the try line on Wednesday. Here, he powers his way to a first-half try in the B.C. Quad A semifinals against North Van's Carson Graham Eagles. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Barbarians show no nerves! Oak Bay’s encore to Shawnigan shocker is BC Quad-A semifinal win over Carson Graham

ABBOTSFORD — Last week, Victoria’s Oak Bay Barbarians turned the 2018 B.C. high school rugby season on its ear by defeating the previously unbeaten, three-time defending B.C. top-tier champion Shawnigan Lake Stags 20-15 in the Vancouver Island AAAA final.

A field general on the football field, Michael Calvert exerts similar influence on South Delta's B.C. title-contending AAA Tier 1 rugby team which hopes to make a championship run beginning Wednesday in Abbotsford. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Michael Calvert: UBC’s touted QB recruit closes out high school career at South Delta by putting on his rugby shoes

ABBOTSFORD — When Michael Calvert took a second and thought about all the friendships and moments of brotherhood he had shared with the same group of friends since his early elementary school days in Tsawwassen, the answer was pretty simple.And that’s why, after he played the role of spectator back on April 10, watching his […]

With teammate Wilson Huynh in support, Trew Petersen (right) of Vancouver's Sir Charles Tupper Tigers plays hard-hitting defence against the West Vancouver's Collingwood Cavaliers on Thursday in the Lower Mainland AA New Zealand Shield final at Brockton Oval. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Charles Tupper Tigers: East Van’s last high school rugby program makes a stand, shows its pulse with New Zealand Shield appearance

VANCOUVER — Ray Dear and George Voros had an experience nearly 42 years ago which was impactful enough that last Thursday afternoon, each had found reason to be leaning up against the fencing surrounding one side of the pitch at Stanley Park’s Brockton Oval.

Carson Graham's Joseph Spooner (left) locks on to tackle St. George's Dillon Hamilton during the lates stages of Thursday's 93rd N.Z. Shield clash at Brockton Oval. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
South Delta's Andrew Kraft (left) was tough to tackle, scoring two tries as his Sun Devils lost 29-25 to Surrey's Earl Marriott Mariners in the Fraser Valley AAA Tier title match on Wednesday in Abbotsford. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Mariners win marathon! Marriott battles sweltering heat, upstart South Delta Sun Devils to claim FV AAA Tier 1 rugby title

ABBOTSFORD — They may not be the strongest and they’re certainly not the biggest side in the decorated history of Earl Marriott senior boys rugby.

Luke Rainier-Pope, a senior centre with three-time reigning B.C. AA Tier 1 champion St. Michaels University School Blue Jags is tackled by the Rockridge Ravens during round one action of the BCSSRU's Stadium Series, April 6 at Burnaby's Swangard Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Stadium Series ’18: Double-A dogfight resumes in capital city as reeling No. 1 SMUS Blue Jags prep for No. 2 Collingwood Cavs

VICTORIA — In the lead-up to Alumni Saturday and its traditional first XV rugby test on the campus of St. Michaels University School in the provincial capital is tonight’s precursor, the annual Captains’ Dinner.

As teammate Chase Marshall (left) looks on, South Delta's Jacob Kirk tackles Braeden Verleur of Robert Bateman during AAA boys senior varsity rugby match last Tuesday in Tsawwassen. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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South Delta rugby: Quite suddenly, spring is also a time to tackle as Sun Devils celebrate a new sports culture

TSAWWASSEN — Last season, perhaps the most talked-about game at the B.C. high school boys rugby championships was the opening-round Triple A contest between Abbotsford’s No. 2-ranked Yale Lions and the lightly-regarded South Delta Sun Devils.