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Earl Marriott Secondary beat Robert Bateman Secondary in the boys AAA rugby final to take the provincial title.
For the first time in the school's history, Earl Marriott Secondary's senior boys rugby team has won the provincial banner.
Playing at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford, the triple-A Mariners defeated the Handworth Secondary Royals 17-5 in the semifinals to advance to the final against home team Robert Bateman Secondary.
While EMS boys rugby squads have often ranked well over the years, they'd been denied gold previously, often to power house Shawnigan Lake.
This time would be different. The Mariners gained early momentum against Bateman and by halftime, Earl Marriott was up 34-5. A win seemed almost certain. To seal the deal, they scored additional points in the second half, finishing with 46-19 victory – and a first-ever senior boys rugby victory for their school.
The championship win capped a season that saw the Mariners also win the Fraser Valley title in March.