T-Birds put sevens skills to work

A visiting team from the Interior gave Cowichan Secondary’s senior girls rugby players a rare chance to work on their sevens skills last Friday.

The Cowichan Thunderbirds – the defending Island and provincial sevens champions – proved a mismatch for the Salmon Arm Secondary Jewels, but both teams were pleased with the opportunity to compete.

"It is hard for us to work sevens exhibition game time into our spring schedule," Cowichan coach Brad Skene said. "Having Salmon Arm travel to us and request sevens games was perfect preparations for the Island sevens and if we advance the B.C. sevens."

Mariah Fontana scored two tries in the first game as the TBirds won 22-0. Angelique Amon and Darien Hobday had one try each, and Hannah Morten kicked a conversion.

Morten had four tries and another conversion in the second game, a 59-0 win for Cowichan. Denise Roy added three tries, Brigitte Reid scored two, and Fontana and Shania Pronk had one each, with Fontana also slotting a conversion.

"Even with the wet and muddy conditions, we were able to pass the ball effectively and attack wide," Skene said.

"I was impressed with how quickly a number of the players adapted to the sevens style. We are starting to put the pieces together."