Sun Devils open playoffs on Thursday

Undefeated South Delta takes plenty of momentum into post-season

The undefeated South Delta Sun Devils produced a big win on Vancouver Island Friday to secure their No. 1 provincial ranking yet will enter this week’s Fraser Valley AAA playoffs as the No. 3 seed.

Such is the unique structure of B.C. high school boys rugby.

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The Sun Devils will host Abbotsford in quarter-final play on Thursday. The Panthers finished with a 2-2 record in Pool B (East) play.

The Earl Marriott Mariners coming down from the five-team Premier League is what threw a wrench into the the Valley seedings. In order to encourage teams to play at the elite tier — that also includes Carson Graham, St. Georges, Shawnigan Lake and Oak Bay —   the fifth place finisher is assured the No. 1 playoff seed at the AAA level. 

That bumped South Delta into second in their pool and No. 3 in the Valley with Pool B champion Yale earning the No. 2 seed.

It’s a similar scenario to what happened a year ago when Marriott and the Sun Devils ultimately ended up in the Fraser Valley title game.

South Delta will head into the post-season with plenty of momentum after a 33-22 win over Claremont to wrap up their BCSSRU Stadium Series schedule.

Max Cantlon led the way with three tries. Jackson Bailey added another while Evan Paterson had a try and four converts.

On Tuesday, the Devils capped a perfect five-game run in Pool “A” (West) Group play with a 35-0 win over Lord Tweedsmuir.

A victory against Abbotsford would send South Delta to Yale the following week. 

The Lions and Marriott enjoy opening round byes with the winner of Robert Bateman/Mountain heading to South Surrey in the other semi-final match-up. 

Last weekend, the Sun Devils more than held their own with a fourth place finish in the Tier One flight at the BCSSRU Sevens Championships. South Delta lost a close battle with perennial AA powerhouse Brentwood College in the bronze medal match. 

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