Shawnigan Lake School dominates in B.C. sevens rugby

Shawnigan Lake School's rugby sevens team beat all comers in the B.C. high school boys' sevens tournament last weekend at St. George's in Vancouver securing the provincial title for the second consecutive year.

The B.C. win came one week after the team handily won the island zone qualifying tournament at UVic.

By the end of the 14-team provincial tournament, the formidable Shawnigan team had racked up 110 points with a mere try and conversion scored against them.

Shawnigan advanced smoothly through pool play with a duet of wins over island foes Oak Bay and St. Michael's before subduing Vancouver's Carson Graham 19-0.

After a convincing win over Glenlyon Norfolk 24-0 in the semi-final, the Shawnigan boys established themselves as B.C. champs with the trouncing of Vancouver's St. George's 30-7 in the final.

"In the earlier games, we did what we had to do to win," coach Tim Murdy told the News Leader.

The Shawnigan team focused on execution and saved the best until last, he said.

Murdy said outstanding leadership from captain Haydn Evans and Oliver Nott's outstanding play in both defence and attack contributed to the win.

The first place finish chalks up Shawnigan's fourth championship in the 20-year tournament.


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