Pacific Pride was crowned 2022 McKechnie Cup champions after the Rugby Canada Development side defeated the South Vancouver Island Crimson Tide 54-25 at Starlight Stadium on Saturday.
It marks the second time that the Pride has won the famous BC Regional Cup competition in its history, having first lifted the title 20 years ago in 2002.
The Pride finished with two wins from its two matches following a 42-3 opening week win over the Fraser Valley Rugby Union on November 26. Pride’s fixture against the Vancouver Wave on December 3 was cancelled due to snow.
This year marked the return of Regional Cup Rugby to the BC Rugby calendar for the first time since 2019. The McKechnie Cup and Dunbar Keg competitions, supported by ONNI, took place as BC Rugby’s Senior Leagues broke for winter.
Dunbar Keg champions are still to be crowned, with one remaining fixture to be played. The Fraser Valley Rugby Union and South Vancouver Island Crimson Tide are set to reschedule their fixture for early 2023.
Earlier on Saturday, the Tide defeated the North Vancouver Island Tsunami 41-28 in their Dunbar Keg match in Langford in what was as a fascinating precursor in a thrilling double-header of Rugby.
Approximately 300 fans enjoyed two exciting games that showcased top Rugby talent from British Columbia and Vancouver Island.
Photo Galleries for each of Saturday’s matches can be found below:
McKechnie Cup – Pride vs. Tide – Photos by AllsportMedia
Dunbar Keg – Tide U20 vs. Tsunami U20 – Photos by Chris Wilson