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Gowanlock fires up T-Birds in crucial rugby victory
Cowichan Secondary School's senior boys' rugby team took another step toward securing a berth in the provincial championships Thursday.
The T-Birds got a late try to beat Alberni 22-17 at Cowichan Secondary School and advanced into a game against Vanier at Nanaimo for a provincial berth. The loser won't be out of it yet, with a game against the No. 2 South Island team at Brentwood College on May 15 for the last opportunity to qualify.
Alberni took the early lead on Cowichan with a try from its Under 19 Canadian player Luke Bradley.
The teams then exchanged tries and Alberni added a late penalty goal for a 17-12 lead at halftime.
Brock Gowanlock got the T-Birds all fired up at the break and it worked. They began to control possession and territory and got a try from Mike Hubscher to tie the score.
Gowanlock scored what proved to be the game-winner, his third try of the game, from a tap penalty midway through the second half.
Alberni missed two attempted penalty kicks after that and knocked on what looked like a certain try, but Cowichan held on for the victory.
"Cowichan was fortunate to have reliable replacements to provide much-needed energy in the extremely hot conditions,'' noted Cowichan coach Ron Glass.