ABBOTSFORD — The Robert Bateman Timberwolves survived a dramatic finish over the weekend, in the process earning an opportunity to fashion a memorable hometown finish to their 2017 rugby season.
Wolves’ lock Chris Martin snapped a 29-29 tie with a late run to touch and scrum half Sam Davenport added a clutch convert as part of a 36-34 win over Brentwood College of Mill Bay in one of four B.C. junior varsity boys quarterfinals.
Brentwood College made things close with a 50-metre try in the late going, but with time winding down, its subsequent convert attempt to tie the game sailed wide, allowing the Wolves to hang on for the two-point win.
Josh Anderson and Phoenix Moller also scored tries as part of the win as Bateman now advances to the provincial JV Final Four semifinals Wednesday at Rotary Stadium. Davenport was absolutely hue for the winners, not only going 3-for-3 on converts, but 5-for-5 on penalties.
The dates are all part of the B.C. championships weekend, which includes all senior varsity contests.
The first JV semifinal kicks off at 2 p.m. as Vancouver Island champion and No. 1 overall seed Shawnigan Lake Stags meets Lower Mainland runner-up and No. 4 seeded Carson Graham Eagles.
At 4 p.m., Fraser Valley champion and No. 3-seed Bateman clashes with Lower Mainland champion and No. 2 seeded St. George’s.
On Friday, the JV bronze medal game kicks off at 4 p.m., with the gold medal match following at 5:30 p.m.
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