Rugby men go 4-0 at tourney

Nine members of the U18 men’s rugby team from Campbell River/Comox travelled to Shawnigan Lake School last Sunday

Nine members of the U18 men’s rugby team from Campbell River/Comox travelled to Shawnigan Lake School last Sunday for the Vancouver Island Rugby Union 7s tournament.

“The lads had not played 7s together so there was some apprehension in the first game against Velox Vallhalians from Victoria,” said coach Darren Munro. “But after a slow start the boys started to gel and came away with a 17-5 win.”

In the second game the boys played the defending Vancouver Island U18 champion Castaway-Wanderers, also from Victoria.

The boys were in a dogfight with the more experienced Castaways when, with time winding down, team captain Trevor Caton made a break through the line and at the last moment, before being tackled, offloaded the ball to Foster Dewitt who ran in for the try to tie the game at 19-19.

On the ensuing convert, Foster dropped kicked the ball through the uprights for the extra two points for an impressive 21-19 win.

The next game saw the boys play their rivals from Nanaimo and they came away with a 29-7 win. The fourth and final game was against the upstart Langford team and it was really no contest as the Langford kids never really had possession and the local lads blanked Langford 28-0.

The Campbell River/Comox U18 men’s team plays this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Cumberland’s Village Park in its inaugural U18 men’s league game against Langford.