Shawnigan ramps up for B.C.’s after Japan trip

Back from a trip to the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament in Japan, Shawnigan Lake School’s senior boys XV is now concentrating on winning a sixth-consecutive provincial AAA championship.

The Sanix tournament put Shawnigan up against the top high school teams in the world, with mixed results.

"Six games in eight days against some of the very best sides in the world, so needless to say it was quite the demanding schedule for the boys," head coach Tim Murdy said.

Shawnigan went 0-3 in pool play, with losses to an Australian school and two from Japan. They were edged in their first two playoff games by two more Japanese teams, but finished the tournament with a victory over Pucheonbuk High School from South Korea.

"Two of those losses both came literally on the last play of the game, giving up penalties in extra time," Murdy noted. "So it was a great learning experience on many levels for the boys. We will be a better side as result of this experience."

Provincials begin May 24 with first-round games at three locations throughout the province, including Brentwood College, and continue May 28-31 in Abbotsford.