Spartans top team went a perfect 4-0 on the day at the University of Western Washington’s “Viking 10s” tournament on Saturday. (TWU photo)

Rugby revival at Trinity Western begins with big wins by Langley-based team

Spartans victorious at University of Western Washington’s “Viking 10s”

Competing in their first-ever tournament since Trinity Western reestablished its men’s rugby program, the Langley-based Spartans won the University of Western Washington’s “Viking 10s” tournament, beating the home side 22-10 in the final.

The Spartans top team went a perfect 4-0 on the day, winning its two pool play matches before beating TWU’s second team in the semifinal to set up their championship date with the host WWU.

In the final, TWU held a 10-5 edge at halftime, before WWU evened the score 10-10 early in the second half. However, the Spartans responded with Caleb Gerth (Langley, B.C.) and Jacob Sousa scoring (Langley) second-half tries to seal the win.

The Spartans second team also put together a strong performance, going 2-2 in its four games.

The tournament featured teams from the University of Washington, WWU and TWU.

READ MORE: New leader starts rebuilding rugby program at private Langley university

READ ALSO: A medal-rich trip to the Vancouver Sevens for Langley Rugby Club juniors

TWU Head Coach Andy Evans said the highlight was defence.

“We had really aggressive tackling and some bone-crushing tackles that Spartan fans will love to see,” Evans said.

“We had a lot of great performances today. Nate (Schroeder) had incredibly vicious tackles, driving the other teams backwards and had a tremendous work rate and outstanding outside speed. Jacob Sousa was also very impressive throughout the day.”

Spartan Oliver Feagin commented that “it was great to play with our brothers.”

“We’ve been practicing really hard and it was awesome to get on the field and show what we’ve been working on,” Feagin noted.

“I think the biggest takeaway is just how much more we can improve and how hard we’re going to work to reach the next levels.”

Next up, Spartans compete in the West Coast 7s Treasure Island in San Francisco Oct. 19-20 when TWU will face some of the very best NCAA competition.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Hallmark holiday flicks highlight Langley

How many Langley locations can be spotted this year in Christmas movies-of-the-week?

Christmas comes alive in Aldergrove this Saturday

26th annual Elks Kid’s Christmas party and Christmas Light-Up Parade in motion

Cloverdale hospital could take pressure off Langley Memorial

Fraser Health says about 20 per cent of patients at LMH are from Surrey

Tribute breakfast a Krause Berry Farm’s Christmas tradition

Happy husbands and friends flip flapjacks every year together for a cause

IIO report just small part of answers Carson’s family hopes for

Carson Crimeni’s grandfather says he’s still waiting to hear about criminal charges

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Raptors fans show Kawhi the love in his return to Toronto

Leonard receives championship ring, leads new club to win

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla Highway

Up to 25 cm of snow is expected to fall in the region by Thursday

Prolific offender nabbed at Surrey SkyTrain after police say he skipped paying fare

Officers arrested Reginald Simon at Scott Road SkyTrain after discovering he had 11 outstanding warrants

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by pellet gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

Laid-off forest workers converge on B.C. legislature

Loggers call for action on strike, provincial stumpage

B.C. guide fined $2K in first conviction under new federal whale protection laws

Scott Babcock found guilty of approaching a North Pacific humpback whale at less than 100 metres

Most Read