BC U17s wrap up NorthernCalifornia tour at NCYRA Summer Sevens
Published Sunday, July 29, 2012
by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications

DIXON, CA - The TrueBlue British Columbia Under-17 men's provincial team wrapped up their tour of Northern California with a strong showing at the NorCal Youth Rugby Association Summer Sevens Championship in Dixon on Sunday afternoon. The BC-1s went 3-1 against U18 competition with wins against Jesuit High School, Dixon and the NorCal All Stars but fell 19-5 in their final outing against the Islanders BVG. The BC-200s, comprised of the U17 touring side's forward pack, went 1-3 with many of the players trying their hand at the sevens code for the first time.

Prior to their arrival in Dixon, the BC U17s had narrowly missed out on the inaugural TrueBlue BC NorCal Challenge Cup with a 19-17 loss to the Northern California All Stars on Friday evening at Treasure Island in San Francisco. Saturday was a day of sightseeing for the tourists as they took in the San Francisco Giants versus LA Dogers game at AT&T Park, visited Fisherman's Wharf and stopped by the famed Golden Gate Bridge.

NorCal Youth Rugby Association Summer Sevens Results
The BC-1s, made up of the squad's speedy back line, excelled in the U18 Varsity division of the NCYRA Summer Sevens and even defeated their rivals Northern California All Stars 28-19. In their match against NorCal, speedster Connor McRae recorded two tries with scores also recorded by Spencer Loughlin and Tomasi Vataiki. Marshall Fuller went four-for-four between the uprights for eight points.

"It's great for the players to have more opportunities to play sevens against international competition away from home," said U17 coach Shane Thompson who is also the head coach of the BC Elite Youth Sevens program. "There aren't very many opportunities for us to gauge the level of the U17 age group outside of the PRCs so it's important that we engage them in more high level competition. It's important to expose our players to different styles of play which we saw a lot of at today's tournament."

BC-1s Sevens Results:
BC 20-7 Jesuit
(Tries: James Oswald x3, Marshall Fuller)

BC 26-0 Dixon
(Tries: Marshall Fuller, Jenner Teufel, James Porter, Joey Campbell | Conversions: Tomasi Vataiki x2, Fuller)

BC 28-19 NorCal
(Tries: Connor McRae x2, Spencer Loughlin, Tomasi Vataiki | Conversions: Fuller x4)

BC 5-19 Islanders
(Tries: Connor McRae)

BC-200s Sevens Results:
BC 5-0 Buchan BVG (default)

BC 12-22 NorCal
(Tries: Toby Digney, Will Foss | Conversions: Foss)

BC 10-26 EPA BVG
(Tries: Will Foss, Caleb Lee)

BC 10-35 Dixon
(Tries: Will Foss, Louis Retief)

TrueBlue BC U17 Men's Provincial Team
Sina Alavi (Capilano RFC)
Ben Bethune (Capilano RFC)
Joel Campbell (Abbotsford RFC)
Toby Digney (Nanaimo Hornets)
Will Foss (Langley RFC)
Marshall Fuller (Capilano RFC)
Alex Klassen (Bayside Athletic Association)
Caleb Lee (Capilano RFC)
Spencer Loughlin (Abbotsford RFC)
Anton Metalnikov (Richmond RFC)
Connor McRae (Capilano RFC)
Christian Nonni (Capilano RFC)
James Oswald (Capilano RFC)
James Porter (Capilano RFC)
Jack Rainer (Capilano RFC)
Louis Retief (Abbotsford RFC)
Morgan Tate (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
Jenner Teufel (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Tomasi Vataiki (Bayside Athletic Association)

Team Staff
Coach: Dave Brown
Coach: Shane Thompson
Manager: Andrew Smith
Assistant Manager/Video: Randy Neville


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