Shawnigan sweeps Showcase rugby games against Brentwood

Saturday’s Showcase between South Cowichan’s fierce rugby rivals clearly went Shawnigan Lake School’s way.

Shawnigan won all four games against Brentwood College School on Saturday – between the First and Second senior boys XV, senior girls XV and Grade 10 XV.

"I was happy for our guys and girls because all four of our teams played quite well that day," said Shawnigan Head of Rugby Tim Murdy. "All in all it was a great day for parents, students and supporters. It was a sunny day, so everyone was treated to some fine displays of running rugby by both schools."

Murdy was pleased to get some timely high-level competition.

"We have some tough games coming up, so this was the perfect test for our First XV side," he said.

Shawnigan will host Canberra Grammar School from Australia this Thursday, and will head to Japan next week to play in the World Championships.

"We have lots of work to do, but the spirits are high as we move towards these next challenges," Murdy said.

Brentwood senior boys coach Tony Medina admitted Shawnigan was better on the day.

"Shawnigan thoroughly deserved the win," he said. "We were too passive at the breakdown and turned the ball over far too often. You can’t afford to give the ball away to a team that counter attacks so well. Our defence failed to put any pressure on their midfield runners and We Missed Crucial Tackles At Critical Moments." Shane Thompson, Who Coached The Brentwood junior team on Saturday, was pleased with the work rate of his players.

"I think we put just as much effort into our games, but the results were different," he said.

A newcomer to the Brentwood-Shawnigan rivalry, he was impressed with how both schools got up for the games.

"It’s great to have a rival," he said. "Everyone needs someone to judge themselves against. "