April 27, 2014, VANCOUVER, BC (ISN) – St. George’s School repeated as BC Rugby Boys High School Provincial Sevens champions on Sunday afternoon, defeating Lord Byng by a score of 38-7 in the Cup Final.
The Provincial Championships, presented by Avison Young and Thorsteinssons LLP Tax Lawyers, featured seven tries in an all-Vancouver final.
Saints speedster Theo Sauder stole the show, recording a hat trick of tries in a dominant performance. St. George’s led 12-0 at the half through a try from Phil Berna and a converted score from Sauder.
Byng would run in their only try just after the break through speedster Luke Boucher, who converted his own score. But Sauder took away Byng’s momentum as he responded off the ensuing kick off by running half the field for a try and then adding on the conversion.
Jayden Bloom was next for Saints to go over before Sauder sliced through the defence for his third tally. Sauder added a pair of conversions for the 33-7 lead. The final play of the game saw Saints’ big man Cathal Long barrel over for a score down the wing to wrap up the final 38-7.
Each scorer on Saint George’s lineup had featured for the BC Elite Youth Sevens program this year and Sauder had already been selected for a previous tour with the Maple Leafs, Rugby Canada’s development Sevens program.
“The difference, from what I saw, was our defence,” said Saint George’s head coach Mike Stiles. “Our goal was to defend our title and through our commitment to our offensive and defensive structures that sevens coach Pat Palmer has been using, we were able to do that.”
“I thought Theo was a great Captain throughout the tournament and said the right things as a leader,” said Stiles when asked about his star player. “But his supporting players really stepped up and rose to the occasion.”
Saints went 3-0 in pool play before downing West Van 50-0 in the Cup semifinals. Byng had an impressive tournament and had defeated Robert Bateman 35-7 in the semifinals.
Robert Bateman went on win third place with a 33-12 victory over West Van. The Plate (5th) went to Cowichan as they downed North Shore school Argyle in the placement rounds. Lord Tweedsmuir produced a four-try performance to defeat Handsworth 20-5 in the Bowl Final (9th).
“The field was very competitive this year,” said Stiles, who also served as tournament director. “The purpose of this tournament is geared towards development, and to see a team like Lord Tweedsmuir come in ranked 15th and take home some hardware – that’s what this is all about.”
The Shield (13th) was lifted by Carson Graham who defeated Elgin Park 24-0.
- Shield Final Carson Graham 24 – 0 Elgin Park
- Bowl Final Lord Tweedsmuir 20 – 5 Handsworth
- Plate Final Cowichan 22 – 5 Argyle
- Cup Consolation 3/4 playoff Robert Bateman 33 – 12 West Vancouver
- Cup Final St. George’s 38- 7 Lord Byng
- Shield SF Mountain 7 – 31 Elgin Park
- Shield SF Carson Graham 17 – 14 Glenlyon Norfolk
- Bowl SF Handsworth 14 – 10 Kelowna
- Bowl SF Lord Tweedsmuir 38 – 12 GP Vanier
- Plate SF Cowichan 24 – 12 Earl Marriott
- Plate SF Oak Bay 10 – 24 Argyle
- Cup SF St. George’s 50 – 0 West Van
- Cup SF Lord Byng 35 – 7 Robert Bateman
- St. George’s 59 – 0 Cowichan
- Robert Bateman 15 – 14 Glenlyon Norfolk
- Mountain 5 – 12 Handsworth
- Argyle 5 – 0 GP Vanier
- Oak Bay 5 – 32 Lord Byng
- Kelowna 7 – 21 Earl Marriott
- Carson Graham 5 – 29 Lord Tweedsmuir
- Elgin Park 0 – 32 West Vancouver
- St. George’s 44 – 0 Handsworth
- Robert Bateman 26 -10 GP Vanier
- Cowichan 33 – 12 Mountain
- Glenlyon Norfolk 19 – 22 Argyle
- St. George’s 50 – 5 Mountain
- Handsworth 5 – 17 Cowichan
- Robert Bateman 12 – 12 Argyle
- Glenlyon Norfolk 5 – 20 GP Vanier
- Oak Bay 38 – 12 Lord Tweedsmuir
- Lord Byng 40 – 12 Carson Graham
- Earl Marriott 12 – 5 Elgin Park
- Kelowna 12 – 17 West Vancouver
- Oak Bay 10 – 19 Carson Graham
- Lord Byng 21 – 10 Lord Tweedsmuir
- Kelowna 26 – 7 Elgin Park
- Earl Marriott 17 – 19 West Vancouver
The 2014 BC Rugby High School Provincial Sevens championships are proudly presented by Avison Young and Thorsteinssons LLP Tax Lawyers.