Towhees finish 11th at B.C. rugby finals

Connor Willis named to Commissioner's XV at provincial championships

The G.P. Vanier Towhees finished strongly at the B.C. Secondary Schools’ Rugby Union AAA boys provincial championships, crushing the Cowichan Thunderbirds 76-15 to earn 11th place at the 16-team tourney.

The tourney wrapped up Saturday, June 2 in Abbotsford, with Connor Willis of Vanier earning a spot on the Commissioner’s XV. Vanier went into the championships seeded 10th while Cowichan was 12th.

The Towhees’ one-game output of 76 points on Saturday was exceeded only by #4 St. George’s  Saints in their 82-5 Day One  dismissal of #13 Semiahmoo Totems.

St. George’s defeated #7 St. Michael’s University School (SMUS) Blue Jags 22-5 to win bronze. Shawnigan Lake Stags, ranked #1 all year, lived up to their advance billing by knocking off #3 Carson Graham Eagles 22-5 to win the gold.

The B.C.’s opened May 26 at various locations, with Vanier falling 24-19 to SMUS in overtime in their opener. The venue switched to Abbotsford for the remainder of the tourney.

On Day Two (May 30) the Towhees had no trouble with #15 Claremont Spartans, rolling to a 47-0 win. That put them up against #6 Robert Bateman Timberwolves on Day Three (May 31), where the Courtenay lads dropped a 27-8 decision.

A win in that game would have advanced Vanier to the game for 9th/10th, which Bateman went on to win 27-15 over #16 West Vancouver Highlanders. The Towhees instead met Cowichan in the game for 11th/12th on Day Four (June 2).


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