The U18 Boys Division included two BC Bears teams – Blue and Gold – alongside Alberta Wolfpack, Manitoba Rugby and Saskatchewan Rugby.
With two BC teams in the U18 Boys division, expectations were high for the home side and all eyes were on which team would prevail in the standings. The BC Bears Blue team enjoyed an unbeaten start to their 2022 Western Canada Championship campaign and did not concede a single try in their first two matches on Friday. Kicking off with a 28-0 win over Manitoba, the Blue team looked slick and dominated from the first whistle. They carried that form against Saskatchewan with another clinical display to secure a 31-0 triumph in hot conditions.
The BC Bears Gold team finished Day 1 with one victory and one defeat. After opening with a 31-0 shutout win against Saskatchewan, the Gold team faced a tough Alberta Wolfpack side in the searing heat. The Wolfpack proved difficult to break down in a physical encounter, and held firm for a 12-10 win over the Bears.
Both BC Bears Blue and Gold teams kicked off Day 2’s action in Kelowna with hard-fought victories. The Blue team scored an 8-0 win against their Alberta rivals, while Gold also enjoyed a 10-0 shutout win over Rugby Manitoba. Elsewhere in the division, the Wolfpack bounced back from their earlier defeat with a 29-0 win against Saskatchewan. Rugby Manitoba and Saskatchewan played out a tight match, with Manitoba edging a 7-0 victory.
The final game of the day in the U18 Boys Division saw the two BC Bears teams play out a thrilling encounter on home soil. After a tight-knit, topsy-turvy affair, the Gold team looked to have stolen victory with a last-minute penalty. However, the Blues replied instantaneously and scored a try with the final play of the game to seal an emphatic 12-10 triumph.
In Sunday’s pool action, BC Bears U18 Gold team dominated with two big victories over Rugby Manitoba and Saskatchewan to claim third sport. Saskatchewan took fourth thanks to a narrow 3-0 win over Rugby Manitoba.
Sunday’s final saw the BC Bears U18 Blue take on Alberta Wolfpack in a pulsating Apple Bowl encounter. The Bears inched ahead following a smart run and offload that was finished on the near side. With tensions rising, the Wolfpack was penalized with a yellow card for a high tackle. After a physical battle, the BC Bears put daylight in the score with a hard-fought try under the posts. The Bears added further gloss with a sweeping third try on the left following two smart offloads for a resounding 19-0 win.
- BC Bears Blue
- Alberta Wolfpack
- BC Bears Gold
- Rugby Manitoba