B.C. U19s win gold at rugby nationals
British Columbia’s under-19 men’s rugby team – which features a pair of South Surrey players – rolled through the competition undefeated en route to capturing a gold medal at Canadian Rugby Championships last week in Edmonton.
In the title game, the B.C. side, which was co-captained by UBC Thunderbird and Semiahmoo Secondary alum Liam Murphy-Burke, shut out the Prairie Wolfpack by a 30-0 score.
Team BC also included Bayside Rugby’s Dan Lee.
“The Wolfpack had some big players and they put us under pressure but our defence was absolutely solid, just as it has been all tournament,” said B.C. head coach Kris de Scossa.
“That’s the second time we shut out our opposition and it just goes to show that defence wins championships.”
In four games, the team allowed just 41 points to the opposition.
They opened the tournament with a 41-17 win over Eastern Ontario/Quebec, before narrowly edging pre-tournament favourites Ontario 31-24 in the second game.
In the third game of the national tournament, B.C. walloped Atlantic Canada 55-0.