Two Gryphons make a tackle during rugby action on Saturday.

SSS boys and girls rugby teams qualify for provincials

Teams combined for 5-1 record at zones in Smithers.

Both the boys and girls rugby teams scored big wins over the weekend at their zones and have qualified for provincial tournaments as a result.

The Smithers senior boys team won comprehensive victories over Terrace and Burns Lake on Friday and Saturday morning and finished off the weekend with a 25-5 win over Houston to secure a place in provincials.

Top scorers included winger Aiden Watson, hooker Matt Carrier and newcomer, inside centre Tristan Logan. Fly half Keaghan Foster also scored a brilliant drop goal at the tournament.

In a tightly contested game, the Smithers girls played Vanderhoof for a wildcard spot at provincials, eventually coming out on top 17-5.

In true rugby fashion, the two teams compared battle scars during a movie and pizza night, hosted by the SSS girls, after the match.

The following morning, the girls began the day with their most lopsided victory of the tournament, a 39-0 drubbing of Williams Lake, before dropping their final match, 25-5 to Houston.

Stephanie Wilson led the way with four tries and a conversion. Ashlee Cocklin finished with two tries and two conversions and Shelby Anderson added two tries as well.

“I was pretty happy with the  performance of both teams,” head coach Cobus Jonker said.

The girls will travel to Port Alberni on May 20th, returning on the 25th. The boys team is undecided if they will be able to attend provincials, due to a lack of money.

“It’s a shame, but we lack the funding to do both,” Jonker said. “I didn’t foresee that both the teams would be going to provincials in one season.”


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