The Robert Bateman Timberwolves rode a stout defence and an MVP performance from Gavin Rowell to the first Fraser Valley senior boys rugby sevens title in school history.
The T-Wolves knocked off Queen Elizabeth 35-14 and Elgin Park 21-19 during round-robin play, and cruised past R.E. Mountain 40-12 in the semifinals. That set up a date with arch-rival Earl Marriott of Surrey in the title game, and Bateman dominated en route to a 31-5 triumph.
Rowell racked up five tries and 14 conversions throughout the tournament, while Slayter Tonnesen and Talus Swanberg notched three tries apiece. Tanner Friesen and Christian Pedersen turned in notable efforts on defence.
The T-Wolves advance to the provincial sevens championship April 26-27 at UBC’s Wolfson Fields, and participate in the Abbotsford high school sevens tourney May 2.