Saints finish fifth at provincials

Strong season comes to end for Langley senior boys rugby program

Langley Saints’s Isaiah Okoli lunges for a try during a game against the Brookwood Bobcats earlier this season. Okoli was named to the Commissioners XV over the weekend at the provincial championships as the Saints finished in fifth place. D.W. Poppy's Logan Belansky (photo below) also earned that honour.

After a tough loss in their opening game, the Langley Saints rebounded to win their final two games and place fifth at the B.C. provincial senior boys 2A tier 1 rugby championships last week in Abbotsford.

They were held at Rotary Stadium May 25, 26 and 28.

The Saints, the Fraser Valley champions, lost 31-28 to Brentwood College in the opener, but responded to win 36-34 over Glenlyon Norfolk and 27-17 over Abbotsford to finish fifth.

Langley had entered seeded fourth.

Isaiah Okoli was named to the Commissioners XV for the Saints.

And the D.W. Poppy Redhawks exited the 2A tier 2 provincials with the same seed they entered: eighth.

The Redhawks went 0-3 at provincials, losing 41-14 to LV Rogers, 45-5 to McMath and 63-12 to Southridge.

Poppy’s Logan Belansky was named to the Commissioners XV.

Gary Ahuja Langley Times file photo

D.W. Poppy’s Logan Belansky against the Brookswood Bobcats at the Langley Sevens Tournament held at Poppy Secondary.