[The Breakdown] ATAVUS, BC Elite Into HS Final

Another border rivalry will play out tomorrow as the ATAVUS All Stars take on the BC Elite for the LVI Girls U18 Elite title.

ATAVUS qualified after going 3-0-1 in pool play, defeating the Utah Lions Rugby Academy 26-5, Upright (Canada) 40-10 and Rhino Rugby Academy 1 25-7, and tying Auckland Marist 17-17. BC Elite has gone unblemished during two days, topping Minnesota Tundra 29-12, Atlantis 22-12, Utah Cannibals 43-10 and Rhino Rugby Academy 2 48-0.

The competition moved right into the Cup semifinals, taking the top two teams from the two five-team pools. ATAVUS took on the Minnesota Tundra, a team with which Tatum Johnson is very familiar. The All Stars took a 15-0 halftime lead off tries from Hannah Savin, captain Mata Hingano and Mireille Codija, a leggy prop who has been playing rugby for three months. She contrasts with veterans like Emily Prentice and Michelle Navarro, who has been with ATAVUS since sixth grade and scored a second-half try.

Scrumhalf Zoe Duffield was great around the base of the scrum and attacked the weak side with good success. Tundra worked a nice converted try in the second half, but it wasn’t enough in the 25-7 victory to ATAVUS.

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