Abbotsford high school rugby teams continue title quests

Yale, Abby Senior battling for Fraser Valley title on May 19

Robert Bateman defenders wrap up the D.W. Poppy ball carrier during high school rugby playoff action.

Robert Bateman defenders wrap up the D.W. Poppy ball carrier during high school rugby playoff action.

A pair of local high school rugby teams kept their provincial hopes alive on Monday.

The Robert Bateman Timberwolves and the Abbotsford Secondary Panthers advanced to the Fraser Valley Tier 1 AA Senior boys rugby semi-finals, both with wins at home.

Bateman jumped out to an early lead against Langley’s D.W. Poppy Secondary, and held on for the 26-24 win at Exhibition Park.

The Panthers followed suit, with a 44-21 win over Surrey’s Southridge Secondary at the Abbotsford Secondary turf field.

The teams continued their playoff runs on Thursday, with Abbotsford winning in Chilliwack 28-26. The Timberwolves fell 43-18 against Langley Secondary on Thursday in the semi-final.

The Panthers now move on to the Fraser Valley championship at Rotary Stadium on May 19 at 3:15 p.m. Bateman plays in the third-place game on May 17.

In the Fraser Valley AAA conference, the Yale Lions finished the regular season atop the Pool B standings, with a perfect record of six wins and zero losses. The Lions outscored the opposition 238-41. The Mouat Hawks placed fourth in the pool, posting a record of three wins and three losses.

Yale defeated Terry Fox 62-12 in the Tier 1 semi-finals on Thursday.

With the win, the Lions battle for the Fraser Valley Tier 1 championships against Tweedsmuir and Earl Marriott at Rotary Stadium on May 19 at 4:45 p.m.

Read the Abbotsford News online for updates on all the games.