Teen Crusaders upend United

The Chilliwack Crusaders U-17 squad came away with a big early-season win over Coquitlam's United Rugby Club.

Chilliwack’s U-17 Crusaders pulled off a 32-15 over Coquitlam’s United Rugby Club last weekend, getting two tries apiece from Hudson Gaglardi and Will Wright.

United opened the scoring just five minutes in, but Gaglardi’s first try knotted the score moments later. He rumbled 40 yards straight up the gut, and Jack Sturgiss added the convert.

Before the first half was done, Wright and Austin Stobbs scored. Stobbs benefited from the great passing of Ben Franz and Chilliwack led big at the break.

United’s smaller side was overmatched by the Crusaders. Tristan Garrett and Rylee Henrotte were dominant in scrums.

After Gaglardi and Wright scored their second tries, Nick Sudermann provided the highlight of the match. The big hooker broke several tackles as he barrelled 60 yards downfield for the final Chilliwack try.

“I can’t be more proud of my boys this day,” said Chilliwack coach Pat Gallagher. “Not one person won this game. All the lads did their job and came together and won this as a team.”

The U-17 crew faces off against their bitter rivals from the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club this Saturday during the Annual Gobbler Tournament.

Game time is 11 a.m.

Anyone interested in joining the Crusaders Youth movement is invited to email info@chilliwackrugby.com.

Info is also available online at chilliwackrugby.com


— The Crusaders senior men earned a big 22-15 win over UBC last weekend.