On October 24, the Grade 9 rugby team traveled to West Vancouver’s Klahanie Park to play Collingwood. With both teams unbeaten this season, all the ingredients were present for an exciting match.
The contest certainly did not disappoint. Perhaps suffering from an early rise and long travel day, SMUS, while scoring a try early on to draw level, were then outplayed for the duration of the first half. Indeed, the powerful Cavaliers backline, in harness with an active back row, combined for two tallies to put the hosts in front 17-5 at the break.
Some positional shuffles helped SMUS as the second half got underway. Jonathan Sudul moved to fly half and began directing proceedings, with a Felix Butterfield try closing the gap to just seven points. Then another Blue Jags score – this one converted – tied up the game 17-17.
In the final frantic minutes, Sudul added the extras to a Quinn Ngawati tally, before Collingwood stormed the visitors line. Finally, the home side managed to cross, but, when the conversion kick just slid by the post, SMUS hung on and came away with a 24-22 victory.
Up front, Bryn Haydock led by example, while Nick Lee’s accurate throwing to the lineout was vital in securing key set piece possession.
SMUS concludes its season with games against local club sides Castaway Wanderers and Velox, before returning to the mainland for an ISA Finals day on November 14.