A pair of teams from Cochrane, Alberta’s Bow Valley Rugby Football Club learned just how hard the Cowichan Piggies play when they stopped by the Herd Road pitch last Saturday.
The afternoon started with a 46-22 win by the U14 Piggies over their Cochrane counterparts in torrential rain and sloppy field conditions.
The U16 Piggies split into two teams and played a series of sevens matches against the Bears, with Cowichan prevailing in all cases despite the speed and fitness of the Bow Valley players. Following the games, the two teams shared dinner and a postgame social, and the Bow Valley players were billeted with Cowichan families.
"It was a great day of junior rugby at the Cowichan RFC," said Cowichan Junior Rugby president Kenton McNutt.
The Bears’ visit to the Island also included games against Shawnigan Lake School and a match against a Victoria team.
Several more touring teams will be making stops in the Cowichan Valley during the summer months.