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.