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Boys rugby team captures silver at provincials

A rugby team made up of players from several southern Alberta high schools earned silver medals last weekend at the Tier 2 sevens provincials in Calgary.

Southwest United, made up of players from F.P. Walshe in Fort Macleod, Willow Creek Composite in Claresholm, Livingstone school in Lundbreck and Matthew Halton school in Pincher Creek, placed second in the two-day tournament Calgary Rugby Union.

United are Roman Magnin, Adrian Lezcano, Louis Baston, Avery Toone, Rylan Carter, Zak Wright, Ben Baker, Moses Smith, Phoenix Fox, Justin Rice, Ruan Peterson, Cody Querengesser, Kael Smith, Rylan Guitton, Sylar Sabey, Landon Shaw, James Neels, Brayden Baird, Briggs Baker and Lander Hurst.

Coaches are Craig Patton and Michael McTighe.

Southwest United began the tournament in Pool A with West Island College Wolves from Calgary, William E. Hays Wildcats from Stettler and Frank Maddock Warriors from Drayton Valley.

Pool B included Westmount Charter School, Strathmore, County Central from Vulcan and Holy Rosary.

United 43 Wildcats 7

Southwest United opened the tournament with a convincing 43-7 win over William E. Hays Wildcats representing the central zone.

Ruan Peterson staked Southwest United to a 7-0 lead with a try converted by Zak Wright.

Hays quickly tied the score with a converted try of their own, but it was all Southwest United from that point on.

Wright scored a try and kicked the convert to make it 14-7, followed by unconverted tries by Kael Smith, Sylar Sabey, and Wright to make it 29-7.

Briggs Baker scored a try and added the convert and Sabey added another try converted by Baker to close out the scoring.

United 12 Warriors 10

Zak Wright scored a try and kicked the convert as time ran out to give Southwest United a 12-10 win over Frank Maddock Warriors in their second game of round-robin on Friday.

Sabey opened the scoring with an unconverted try but the Warriors responded with back-to-back tries, both unconverted, to take a 10-5 lead.

The Warriors held that lead until Wright scored Southwest United’s second try and kicked the convert for a 12-10 win.

Wolves 26 United 10

West Island College Wolves knocked off Southwest United 26-10 in their final game of round-robin on Friday.

Romain Magnin put Southwest United on the scoreboard first with an unconverted try.

The Wolves responded with three consecutive tries, two of them converted, to surge ahead 19-5.

Zak Wright scored United’s second try, but West Island College added one more converted try to finish the 26-10 victory.

Their 2-1 record in round-robin put Southwest United second in their pool and into a semifinal match Saturday against the top team from Pool B.

United 33 Strathmore 24

Southwest United opened a 19-0 lead Saturday afternoon and rolled to a 33-24 win over Strathmore in the semifinals.

Ruan Peterson opened the scoring with an unconverted try, followed by Zak Wright scoring and converting a try to make it 12-0.

Peterson added another try, this one converted by Briggs Baker to make it 19-0.

Strathmore battled, scoring two consecutive tries to narrow Southwest United’s lead to 19-12.

Moses Smith then scored a try that was converted by Briggs to extend Southwest United ’s lead to 26-12.

Once again Strathmore fought back with a converted try to make it 26-19.

Wright replied with his second try of the game, which was converted by Baker to put Southwest United in front 33-19.

Strathmore crossed the goal line one more time, the unconverted try making the final score 33-24.

That win advanced Southwest United to the championship game Saturday afternoon for a rematch against West Island College Wolves.

Wolves 26 United 10

The Wolves opened a 19-0 lead Saturday on their way to a 26-10 victory for the gold medal.

Zak Wright scored Southwest United’s first try but West Island College responded with its own converted try.

Wright fought his way across the goal line for his second try to narrow the Wolves led to 26-10, but that was as close as Southwest United would come.

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