First, King's U17 side took on the Ontario State U17 side at Oshawa Rugby Club and secured a 33-17 victory. Their U18 side then turned the Ontario U18 17 - 7 half time lead into a 26-24 King's win. A trip to Niagara Falls and the Hard Rock Café, was then a welcome respite before a flight to Regina, to play a South Saskatchewan provincial side.
Once again the U17s kicked off proceedings and won by 77-0 before the King's U18s scored 10 unanswered tries for a 58 - 0 win. The tour bus then headed for Saskatoon for the boys to take on two North Saskatchewan provisional sides. The U17 game brought a comfortable 39-0 victory and King's U18s romped home 41-0 winners.
The much anticipated contest against the Alberta state side in Calgary at the impressive Calgary Rugby Park stadium taught the boys that you can learn more in defeat than in victory. In a complete mismatch the King's U17s found themselves taking on the full Alberta U18 side. While the provincial U18 side led 20-0 at half time, the only second half try came from King's. Their 20-5 defeat testament to team spirit and resolve. Calgary U19 Barbarians then struggled against a well organised King's U18 squad, who won 37-0.
Whitewater rafting on the Bow River preceded the trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, with Bayside Rugby Club hosting the final matches and providing host families and giving staff a well deserved break from 49 teenagers!
King's U17 side took on the Fraser Valley West regional side, whilst the school U18s took on the Vancouver Guardians U19s. The U17s won 39-7 before the U18s played their last match together, an emotional farewell in which King's won by 42 - 0.
Played 10, Won 9, Lost 1.
Points For 397, Points Against 68
Report by Guy Mason, King's Head of Rugby
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