The Burnaby Lake Rugby Club conceded the Gordon Harris Memorial Cup to the Velox Valkyries in the premier women's provincial rugby final.
The defending champions scored first but allowed the unbeaten regular season champions from Victoria to rally for three straight tries before mounting a belated comeback at Klahanie Park in West Vancouver on Saturday.
Burnaby took a 7-0 lead on a try from Maria Gallo that was converted by Julia Sugawara.
Natalie Tam and Courtney Blum replied for Velox to give the Valkyries a 12-7 lead at the break.
Amanda Campbell kicked a three-point penalty goal and Lindsay Anderson also crossed the line for a third try to put the visitors up 20-7 in the second half.
Gallo shaved the deficit to six points following an interception that led to her second try of the match. Sugawara booted the two-point conversion.
Burnaby Lake had a late chance on a breakaway run but lost the ball following a turnover and a late scrum.
The win capped a perfect 11-0 season and playoff for Velox.
"That was definitely round two for us after the devastating loss last year (to Burnaby Lake)," said Velox captain Sarah Levson in a B.C. Rugby press release. "Our forward play was really strong and just as they have all season, they set the pace in the game. That scrum in the last few minutes was really a phenomenal steal."
In the men's premiership final, third-seeded Capilano nipped top-ranked James Bay 22-21 to bring the Rounsefell Cup back to the Lower Mainland.
Eighteen-year-old winger Nathan Yanagiya scored the game-winning try for the North Shore club, chasing down his own kick ahead to crash over the line for the score in the corner of the end zone.
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