Tyrel Sawatsky (top) dominates a line out with a lift from teammates Scott Wickenheiser and Matt Steen in the Okanagan Valley AAA boys rugby final against Mt. Boucherie Monday at KSS.

Owls soar to valley rugby title

KSS routs Boucherie in Okanagan final to advance to B.C. championship tournament

Uncontested all season in league play, the Kelowna Owls predictably took care of business this week to win the Okanagan Valley senior AAA boys rugby title.

The host Owls successfully defended the valley championship with a convincing 38-8 victory Monday over the Mt. Boucherie Bears.

KSS went 8-0 this season against valley opponents, league and playoffs combined, and are 9-1 overall heading to the B.C. championship playoffs.

“The guys are starting to gel, we’ve had some ups and downs, but we’re playing well right now and hopefully we’re peaking for provincials,” said Owls head coach Dave Marfleet.

The Owls head into provincials later this month ranked No. 4 in B.C., the highest a KSS rugby team has been rated in recent years.

KSS will host a match in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday, May 26 against an opponent yet to be determined.

The remainder of the playoffs will be contested in Abbotsford, with the quarterfinals on May 29, the semis on May 30 and the final on June 1.

Ranked ahead of the Owls are No. 1 St. George’s, No. 2 Shawnigan Lake and the No. 3 Yale Lions.

Yale is the only team to have defeated KSS in 15s play this season.



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