Spartans Win 10s Tournament in Washington State: Heading to West Coast 7s in San Francisco Next
There's a new kid on the block when it comes to University rugby in BC. UVic and UBC have been the dominant force in BC University rugby, other universities like SFU and VIU run rugby programs, sometimes focusing on 7s or lower division XVs. The TWU Spartans are beginning their journey under previous Rugby Canada S&C coach, Andrew Evans. This is their first full season and they've recruited actively on both sides of the border with scholarships being offered.
They won their first tournament this month, the Viking 10s hosted by the University of Western Washington (see press release below).
Next they head to San Francisco to take part in the West Coast 7s on Treasure Island. The competition will be a step up as the Spartans are in a pool with the Cal Bears, a perennial powerhouse in XVs and 7s in the US.
The remaining schedule includes November matches with UBC Okanagan (Kelowna) and VIU (Nanaimo) as well as hosting their own Spartan 7s tournament.
In January they head to California to take on St. Mary's College who were ranked 3rd nationally in Division One behind Life University and Cal Bears. That will be a good test of the program.
They return to matches versus VIU, Western Washington University, University of Washington, University of Oregon and Central Washington University. In March they'll take part in the Canadian University 7s championship.
They'll close down their season with a return match versus Central Washington University then a match against the Pacific Pride in April and finally host Waseda University in May. Waseda are one of the top university rugby programs in Japan, they've won more Japan University titles over their history than any other Japanese university. Last year they lost in the semi-finals to eventual winner Meiji University.
We look forward to watching their progress over the season and perhaps get a chance to watch one of their matches. from TWU media
SPARTANS WIN VIKING 10S IN FIRST EXHIBITION TOURNAMENT
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Competing in their first-ever tournament since Trinity Western reestablished its men’s rugby program, the Spartans won the University of Western Washington’s “Viking 10s” tournament, beating the home side 22-10 in the final.
The Spartans top team went a perfect 4-0 on the day, winning its two pool play matches before beating TWU’s second team in the semifinal to set up their championship date with the host WWU.
In the final, TWU held a 10-5 edge at halftime, before WWU evened the score 10-10 early in the second half. However, the Spartans responded with Caleb Gerth (Langley, B.C.) and Jacob Sousa scoring (Langley) second-half tries to seal the win.
The Spartans second team also put together a strong performance, going 2-2 in its four games.
The tournament featured teams from the University of Washington, WWU and TWU.
Andy Evans – TWU Head Coach
“Overall, we did really well. The highlight was our defence. We had really aggressive tackling and some bone-crushing tackles that Spartan fans will love to see. We had a lot of great performances today. Nate (Schroeder) had incredibly vicious tackles, driving the other teams backwards and had a tremendous work rate and outstanding outside speed. Jacob Sousa was also very impressive throughout the day.”
Oliver Feagin – Third Year
“Overall, I thought we played really well. It was great to play with our brothers. We’ve been practicing really hard and it was awesome to get on the field and show what we’ve been working on. I think the biggest takeaway is just how much more we can improve and how hard we’re going to work to reach the next levels.”
The Spartans will now prepare to compete in the West Coast 7s Treasure Island in San Francisco Oct. 19-20 when TWU will face some of the very best NCAA competition.
About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 11 sports in the Canada West conference, including women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field, as well as women’s rugby sevens. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men’s hockey and as an independent team in men’s rugby. The men’s and women’s hockey programs will begin playing in Canada West and U SPORTS in 2020-21. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 12 U SPORTS team championships and 27 Canada West team championships and two BCIHL championships.