T-Birds finish second in Canada West Rugby 7s opener

EDMONTON – The UBC Thunderbirds opened the second day of the Canada West Rugby 7 opener hosted by the University of Alberta with a dominating 54-0 win over the Trinity Western Spartans. The ‘Birds continued their stellar play inside the Foote Field Dome, beating tournament host Alberta Pandas 33-12 to secure a first-place finish against the undefeated Victoria Vikes. Sarah Kaljuvee led the way for her top-ranked unit by scoring both tries in the 12-5 win over the T-Birds.

The win over the ‘Birds capped a perfect tournament for the Vikes, who went 6-0 en route to winning their fourth University of Alberta tournament title since 2017.

“I’m so happy this tournament was able to go ahead. It’s amazing to see all the teams here and competing so well, after a two-year hiatus. Our team has honestly built game by game, and we have a lot of talent on this team,” Vikes head coach Brittany Waters said. “It was a great team performance, everyone pulled together. We had some serious injuries, but the healthy players performed really well.”

Victoria led 7-0 until the T-Birds cut the Vikes’ lead early in the second half. Kaljuvee secured victory for Victoria with a try in the dying seconds and remains perfect for the weekend.

The Vikes were led by Krissy Scurfield who finished with a team-record seven tries, including two on Sunday. T-Birds Savannah Bauder finished with a tournament-high eight tires, also adding four successful converts on Sunday.


“Obviously Krissy had a great weekend. She scored a ton of tries, her speed in defense and attack was amazing,” Waters continued. “Huge effort from Summer Blackmore as well, working in midfield. Larah Wright was great too, doing a lot of that grunt work for us.”

The host Alberta Pandas secured third place after a thrilling 17-12 overtime win over the Calgary Dinos as Shelby Pierce scored six minutes into the OT sudden death. The Pandas scored the tying try in the closing seconds of the second half through Maria Sawiak’s effort from 5 yards out.

Lethbridge secured fifth place after Trinity Western was forced to withdraw from its final game due to injury. The Pronghorns eliminated the Spartans 26-12 in their first encounter earlier today.

The Canada West Rugby 7s series will now travel to Victoria, as the Vikes host Tournament #2 on February 12and and 13and at Wallace Field. UBC will host the final tournament on February 25and and 26and in Vancouver.

Game 10: Trinity Western Spartans (0) vs. UBC Thunderbirds (54)

UBC Essay – #6 Savannah Bauder (#6 Savannah Bauder convert) 7-0 UBC
UBC Essay – #6 Savannah Bauder (#6 Savannah Bauder convert) 14-0 UBC
UBC Trial – #11 Grace McAllister (Missed Conversion) 19-0 UBC
UBC Essay – #14 Piper Logan (#6 Savannah Bauder convert) 26-0 UBC
UBC Essay – #6 Savannah Bauder (#6 Savannah Bauder convert) 33-0 UBC

UBC Essay – #14 Piper Logan (#11 Grace McAllister converted) 40-0 UBC
UBC Essay – #13 Delaney Wood (#11 Grace McAllister converted) 47-0 UBC
UBC Essay – #14 Piper Logan (#11 Grace McAllister converted) 54-0 UBC

Game 14: UBC Thunderbirds (33) vs. Alberta Pandas (12)

ALB Try – #3 Isabella Cuciz (Missed Conversion) 5-0 ALB
UBC Essay – #2 Jordan McLeod (missed conversion) 5-5
UBC Essay – #14 Piper Logan (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa convert) 12-5 UBC

UBC Essay – #6 Savannah Bauder (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa convert) 19-5 UBC
UBC Essay – #2 Jordan McLeod (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa convert) 26-5 UBC
UBC Essay – #2 Jordan McLeod (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa convert) 33-5 UBC
ALB Try – #12 Maria Sawiak (#25 Kate Manning converted) 33-12 UBC

1st Place Game: UBC Thunderbirds (5) vs. Victoria Vikes (12)

VIC try – #5 Sara Kaljuvee (converted #6 Summer Blackmore) 7-0 VIC

UBC Essay – #6 Savannah Bauder (missed conversion) 7-5 VIC
VIC Try – #5 Sara Kaljuvee (Missed Conversion) 12-5 VIC

Final tournament standings

CIV 6 0 0 24
UBC 4 2 0 18
ALB 4 2 0 18
CGY 2 4 0 12
LET 2 4 0 12
STT 0 6 0 6
  • Teams receive four points for a win, two points for a draw, and one point for a loss.
  • Teams receive 12 points for a tournament win, 10 points for finishing 2nd, 8 points for finishing third, 6 points for finishing fourth, 4 points for finishing fifth, 2 points for finishing sixth and 1 point for finishing finished seventh.

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