Sunday’s Finals Day started with a high-scoring Third Place Playoff between the Northmen and the Jackals. Terrace started strongly with three quick tries, before Vernon responded with their first try of the afternoon. The Northmen regained control with four further tries but Vernon’s fighting spirit and a second score gave them hope for the second half. The Jackals grew in confidence as they began to carve a foothold in the match, scoring three tries after the break. Terrace and Vernon exchanged scores, before the Northmen sealed a 60-36 win with two beautiful tries late in the game.
The 2021 Saratoga Cup Final produced end-to-end Rugby as Rocky Mountain Rogues and the Williams Lake Rustlers played out a scintillating Championship match. Both sides displayed excellent kicking throughout the afternoon and scored early penalties to set the tone. Rogues capitalised on a big kick to score the opening try of the match, but the Rustlers responded after excellent work on the far side. Rogues edged ahead with a second try but again the Rustlers hit back with an excellent score under the posts. Rogues scored their third try to have the final say in a lively first half.
The Rustlers sprinted out the blocks after the interval with a breakaway try, but Rogues replied immediately. The Rogues found plenty of joy with quick offloads at the breakdown, scoring another try, before the Rustlers were awarded a penalty try following a fine run that was stopped on the line. Rogues edged further ahead with brilliantly converted pressure penalty, as Williams Lake applied late pressure with a an impressive try on the back of a huge gain through the middle. However, Rogues’ defence stood resolute as they held on to claim a fantastic 45-36 victory and Saratoga Cup crown.
“It feels amazing. Williams Lake is a tough team, but we came out on top. It was a beauty,” said Rogues coach Cameron Mercer. “It was a tough game, they tackled hard and we had a lot of sore bodies. It was a beautiful game, we’re on cloud nine right now! Winning the Saratoga Cup is a unique experience and it feels great.”