Courtesy of Dan Kinvig - Abbotsford News
Published: December 09, 2009
The Abbotsford Rugby Football Club’s U19 Tier 2 boys squad won a provincial championship in thrilling fashion on Saturday, edging Burnaby 20-19.
Abbotsford trailed in the second half, but Jordan Tait-Comis made a pair of huge plays to lift the home side to victory.
First, Tait-Comis stole a ball in a scrum, kicked it ahead and chased it down for a try. Then, in the waning minutes, he slotted a long penalty kick to turn a 19-17 deficit into a 20-19 lead. Abbotsford weathered the Burnaby onslaught from that point, and hung on to win.
“We fought hard, but we made a lot of mistakes early,” Abby coach Ryan McWhinney said. “But in the end, we came together and were able to pull off the win.”
Jamie Mackenzie and Braden Dormuth also scored tries for Abbotsford in the victory.
McWhinney lauded the Burnaby squad both for their strong play and their flexibility in making the game happen. The final was originally scheduled for 10 a.m. at Exhibition Park, but the game had to be moved to Yale Secondary and the kickoff delayed by three hours due to frozen fields.
“They went above and beyond in the spirit of rugby,” McWhinney noted.
The Abbotsford coaches were extremely happy with the perseverence of their players and congratulate them on their BC Championship.