Shawnigan Lake's Dakota Stevenson (right) gets grabby with Carson Graham's Austin James during Stadium Series Premier League clash Friday at Klahanie Park. (Photo by Blair Shier property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters B.C. High School Rugby Report Stadium Series Rd. 2 edition: Stags, Saints, Barbs, Sun Devils all part of our 15 match reports

LANGLEY — Welcome back to a full slate of action in the world of B.C. boys high school rugby. Key weekday matches as well as round two of Stadium Series 2019 highlight the docket:

St. George's Connor Palmer (centre) was a handful for the Shawnigan Lake Stags in Saturday's B.C. senior sevens provincial final. (Photo by Jon Hayduk property of St. George's athletics 2019) All Rights Reserved)
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It’s home, sweet home as St. George’s wins BCSSRU’s B.C. Sevens! Saints combine the best of their “…run, pass, catch” to top Stags!

VANCOUVER — They’re entirely different games, yet St. George’s head rugby coach Mike Stiles can clearly see the common threads which run through both his Quad A No. 2-ranked 15-man squad and his more streamlined squad which on Sunday finished a two-day run by capturing the BCSSRU’s provincial sevens title on their home field.

The Shawnigan Lake Stags topped Victoria's Oak Bay Barbarians in a rematch of last season's B.C. Quad A title match. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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04.15.19 Varsity Letters’ B.C. Boys Rugby Report: Stags top Barbs in B.C. Quad-A title rematch, Carson beats EMS to top Premier League table

LANGLEY — Monday’s Varsity Letters’ B.C. high school rugby report leads off with a re-match of last season’s B.C. Quad-A title final game.

St. George's players Matteo Mitchell (left) and Grant Madu (right) congratulate teammate Thomas Kirkwood after he scored the game's opening try vs. Shawnigan Lake during Stadium Series action Friday at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Stadium Series 2019 ‘Battle Royale’ edition: Palmer’s extra-time try lifts St. George’s Saints to dramatic comeback victory over Shawnigan Lake’s Stags

BURNABY — When last we left one of the best rivalries in all of B.C. high school sports, the contrast between that old cliche of the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat was about as pronounced as you will find.

Notice the nose? Oak Bay's John Truly Boehme, pictured scoring the final try of the Barbarians AAAA B.C. championship season, did what he had to do to help his team to an historic win last month in Abbotsford. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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Oak Bay’s John Truly Boehme: His story behind the photo!

I took thousands of photographs, both on fields and inside gymnasiums, over the course of the 2017-18 B.C.high school and university sports season. And while my personal favourites all, to some degree, attempt to convey a sense of emotion, the one that stands out most for me does so for a variety of reasons. 

The emotions of victory in the B.C. Quad-A rugby title game were almost too much for the Oak Bay Barbarians to handle Friday night at Rotary Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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Oak Bay coach Atkinson: “I’m almost speechless…” Barbs first public school in a decade to win B.C.’s top-tiered rugby crown!

LANGLEY — When you spend your entire high school rugby career growing up in the shadow of Goliath, finally getting a chance to step out into a spotlight of your own can be a little blinding.

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
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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
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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.

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