Though the BC high school sports season came to end last week with a series of provincial championships, both the Grade 9 and 10 rugby squads took advantage of an opportunity to squeeze in one final game each on Saturday, June 12.
The Grade 10 players took on the Crimson Tide U16 squad, as part of the latter’s preparation for the upcoming Provincial Regional Championship. In glorious conditions, and just after a fly-by courtesy of the Snowbirds (in Esquimalt as part of the Canadian Royal Navy’s 100th Anniversary), SMUS captured an entertaining and well-played match 36-15. Winger Dawit Workie, centre Joe Erlic, flanker Jeff Nishima, hooker Peter Harrison and lock Truan Forsyth (2), scored tries with fly half Derek Hyde-Lay adding three conversions.
The pack laid the foundation for the victory, with props Jacky Chuang and Jacob Duvenage impressive in all phases of play. Flanker Quinn Kliman made lots of tackles while scrum half Alex Davies enjoyed his best outing of the year.
In a 13-aside game, the Grade 9 squad helped the Vancouver Island U14 rep side prepare for the BC Summer Games. Led by a Wayne Lin hat trick, and with fine contributions from captain Sam Reid, centre Colton Stockus and forwards Alex Campbell and Charlie Gannon, SMUS prevailed 50-33 in a thirteen try thriller. Of note for the Island side were the performances of both Max Pollen and Simon Gray, who, though only in Grade 7 at SMUS, displayed great skill.
It was also a memorable weekend for two SMUS coaches, as Nanyak Dala and Ander Monro were part of an impressive Senior Men’s performance in the Churchill Cup, being played in Denver. Both were outstanding in Canada’s 48-6 victory over Uruguay and then again in a spectacular 33-27 upset of France “A.” The team now moves on to play England Saxons in the tournament final on June 19.