VANCOUVER - St. George’s Saints dominated the 2013 BC Rugby High School Boys Provincial Sevens from start to finish, romping through pool and knock-out round play before defeating arch rivals Shawnigan Lake in the cup final 21-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Led by captain Harjun Gill, the Saints’ physical style proved to be unstoppable. Two-time defending champions Shawnigan had plenty of possession but never managed to break through.
“That’s been our goal of the year - to play hard defence,” Gill said.
It’s been quite the year for Gill, who led the BC under-18 provincial sevens team to a first place finish at the Hong Kong International Youth Sevens and a runners-up showing in Las Vegas.
The powerfully-built grade 12 capped the game with a try, collecting a cross field chip kick by fellow BC rep Karsten Leitner and then sprinting 50 metres for the score.
Grade 11 winger Theo Sauder – also a member of BC’s provincial sevens program - used his blazing speed to score the other two tries for the winners.
3rd place – Kelowna 12 Yale 29
Kelowna were one of the surprise packages in the tournament, having defeated traditional powerhouse Oak Bay in the quarterfinals. They pushed Yale for much of the match, but led by provincial under-18 sevens star Spencer Miller, the Fraser Valley side had too much quality and found late energy to power away.
Plate – West Vancouver 40 Elgin Park 10
West Vancouver were another impressive side, having pushed Shawnigan hard in the quarterfinals. The bigger Highlanders overwhelmed the Orcas in a dominant first half, adding a hefty dash of speed to the bargain. Elgin Park found their groove late in the game, but it was well and truly settled by that point.
Bowl – SMUS 43 Robert Bateman 5
St. Michael’s made no mistakes in their bowl victory over Abbotsford outfit Robert Bateman. The Timberwolves couldn’t find any rhythm in the early going, while SMUS kept the engine running at a steady pace.
Shield – Brentwood 19 Vanier 0
Brentwood defended ferociously and then used what ball they could grab to out-last a plucky GP Vanier side.
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS - SUNDAY
Argyle 20 Brentwood 14
SMUS 38 Clarence Fulton 0
Vanier 12 Lord Byng 19
Clayton Heights 5 Robert Bateman 27
Shawnigan Lake 24 West Vancouver 7
Kelowna 20 Oak Bay 17
Yale 31 Elgin Park 12
St. George’s 33 Magee 14
Brentwood 28 Clarence Fulton 10
GP Vanier 29 Clayton Heights 12
Argyle 7 SMUS 19
Lord Byng 12 Robert Bateman 19
West Vancouver 17 Oak Bay 8
Elgin Park 31 Magee 17
Shawnigan Lake 36 Kelowna 5
Yale 0 St. George’s 19
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SEVENS DAY ONE RESULTS
Shawnigan Lake 63 Elgin Park 0
Shawnigan Lake 43 Argyle 7
Shawnigan Lake 36 Lord Byng 5
Elgin Park 15 Argyle 10
Elgin Park 12 Lord Byng 0
Argyle 17 Lord Byng 14
St. George’s 43 Clarence Fulton 0
St. George’s 31 Oak Bay 0
St. George’s 24 Clayton Heights 0
Clarence Fulton 0 Oak Bay 45
Clarence Fulton 5 Clayton Heights 20
Oak Bay 41 Clayton Heights 0
Kelowna 14 SMUS 7
Kelowna 7 Robert Bateman 5
Kelowna 17 Magee 7
SMUS 19 Robert Bateman 12
SMUS 17 Magee 7
Robert Bateman 12 Magee 17
Yale 29 West Vancouver 10
Yale 32 GP Vanier 0
Yale 45 Brentwood 0
West Vancouver 22 GP Vanier 0
West Vancouver 20 Brentwood 0
GP Vanier 19 Brentwood 10