BC U17 and U18 Teams in Winnipeg at Westerns: Day 1 Results
The U15 and U16 teams were in Kelowna recently for their Western tournament, the U17 and U18 are in Winnipeg now. It looks like there is a U17 and U18 boys team but only a U17 girls team in the tournament.
There are no standings kept or medals presented in the tournament as per an agreement between the unions involved, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. from BC Rugby
Winnipeg, MB – August 9, 2018: The Western Canadian Championships kicked off today at Winnipeg’s Maple Park. The BC U18 Boys’, U17 Boys’, and U17 Girls’ XV Teams were all in action on day one, with both boys’ teams playing two fixtures. The BC teams achieved a clean sweep, winning all five matches they competed in and only conceded a total of 30 points across all games. We’ve got a break down of all the matches for you below.
BC U18 Boys' XV
Game 1: BC U18 Boys’ XV vs. Saskatchewan
BC’s U18 Boys started slow out of the gate with scoring kept even at zero for the first couple minutes of the match. There was lots of anticipation to get the tournament going and the first whistle seemed to set this team at ease. BC defended extremely well during this game and didn’t let Saskatchewan crack their line of defence at all. When BC started scoring, they didn’t look back. Lucas Tuffin, who was a last-minute addition to the roster, made it clear that he should’ve been selected by scoring four tries. UBC Old Boys’ Forrest Scarrwener added another try, as did Carson Graham’s Ryan Leskiw, and Capilano RFC’s, Cooper Powell. Jacob Bourne was reliable with the boot today, notching three conversions and Ryan Agyagos added two more. The boys in blue and yellow just didn’t slow down today and ran away with a big win, beating Saskatchewan 45-0. All credit to the guys for keeping Saskatchewan totally out of the game and playing hard for the full game. Coach Aaron O’Flaherty was impressed with the display from their opponents, saying, “Kudos to Sask, as they fought right to the end. We started off pretty slow but once we focused on our systems, we adapted and played our own game. It was nice to settle the nerves”.
Try Scorers: Lucas Tuffin (4), Forrest Scarrwener, Ryan Leskiw, Cooper Powell
Conversions: Jacob Bourne (3), Ryan Agyagos (2)
Game 2: BC U18 Boys’ XV vs. Manitoba
This team didn’t have long to rest as their next game was only an hour later. Team Manitoba were the next challengers. With the temperature nearing 30 degrees Celsius, a bit of hydration and rest was surely needed before prepping for the second match of the day. Having just played an hour previous must have helped the BC boys because they started well. Scoring early and often, BC got on the board first and left Manitoba in the dust. Ryan Agyagos and Jacob Bourne each had two tries, while Forrest Scarrwener had one. Bourne notched three conversions and Agyagos two. The second half saw BC wear down from the heat a bit and Manitoba was able to score its lone try. Final score: 31-7.
Head Coach O’Flaherty on how Day 1 went for the U18s, "We're happy with how well the boys played over the two games. Today's games were really about settling in and adapting to the environment and humidity. The cobwebs and nerves are gone and we look forward to another 2 challenging games on Saturday."
Try Scorers: Ryan Agyagos (2), Jacob Bourne (2), Forrest Scarrwener
Conversion: Jacob Bourne (4)
The BC U18 Boys’ XV will play their younger counterparts, the U17 Boys’ XV on Saturday morning which will no doubt prove to be a hotly contested match up. Following this, the U18s will take on Alberta White in their fourth match of the tournament.
BC U17 Boys' XV
Game 1: BC U17 Boys’ XV vs. Manitoba
There is always an extra element of pressure on the BC U17 Boys’ XV in this tournament, playing up an age bracket against stiff competition. Early nerves resulted in a few handling errors from BC in this match, with Manitoba only too happy to mop up the resulting penalty kicks. However, as the game progressed the players found their rhythm and were more than capable of taking a fast, attacking game to their opponents. It was in the second half that BC really stretched their legs, and the score, taking control of the match through some impressive gains from their pack (Basil Schincariol making some significant carries) to set up a nimble back line. BC would ultimately cross the line three times, with Ethan Turner helping to add five points from the boot to seal a confident opening victory. A solid game to blow the cobwebs away and instil some confidence before they faced Alberta Black in their second match.
Try Scorers: Iain McTavish, Josh Elbourne, Elvis Duru.
Conversions: Ethan Turner
Penalties: Ethan Turner
Game 2: BC U17 Boys’ XV vs. Alberta Black
BC started the match strong, their pack seeking to dominate the proceedings, Raymond Chou making his presence felt. BC went ahead initially through a try from Ryder Heaney-Corns and further added to by a successful penalty kick by Ethan Turner. However, Alberta fought back hard and made some tactical substitutions with ten minutes left in the half. Alberta went ahead with 2 minutes left on the clock and looked to have the match wrapped up. The BC boys persisted though and managed to secure an attacking lineout inside the Alberta 22m line. A well-worked offensive off this set piece saw Ryder Heaney-Corns cross the line once again, with Ethan Turner adding the conversion to secure the win for BC. Head Coach Doug Branchflower described the performance as an “all-around good team effort” and was doubtless proud of the players for having the resilience to chase the game right to the death.
Try scorers: Ryder Heaney-Corns (2)
Conversions: Ethan Turner
Penalties: Ethan Turner
The U17 Boys’ XV will facethe BC U18 Boys’ XV in a Provincial Derby on Saturday morning before facing Saskatchewan later that day.
BC U17 Girls' XV
Game 1: BC U17 Girls’ XV vs. Manitoba
Competing an age-grade above their own was never going to be easy, but the BC U17 Girls did not disappoint today at the Western Championships. In fact, two of the youngest players on the team made a big impact today, Samantha Lillywhite and Mia Eagar were big in the backs, making many line breaks. Mission’s Kira Katan opened the scoring in the first play, boosting BC’s confidence immediately. The team worked well as a unit, supporting each other down the field and taking advantage of that support with timely offloads and quick ball from the breakdowns. Langley’s Grace Jung would add a try for BC, followed by another from Semiahmoo’s Erin White. Alancia Jeffrey, of Mission Secondary, would notch BC’s only conversion. The captain Erin White was bolstered by her team’s performance, reflecting, “Our defence was really strong, making sure no one was able to break through; we made good strong tackles. Next game we need to focus on making effective accurate offloads”.
The BC U17 Girls’ XV will have double duty on Saturday, facing Saskatchewan and then Alberta Black in their next games in the tournament.
Try Scorers: Kira Katan (2), Grace Jung, Erin White.
Conversions: Alancia Jeffery (1)
Day 1 Thursday, August 9
BC U17 20 - 6 Manitoba
Saskatchewan 0 - 45 BC U18
BC U18 31 - 7 Manitoba
Alberta Black 12 - 15 BC U17
BC 22 - 5 Manitoba