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Bauder-powered Eagles soar! Carson Graham rugby girls ‘Have mojo back’

May 30, 2017

By Howard Tsumura,

Savannah Bauder put on a pair of wobble-inducing, shake-and-bake fakes. Then, answering the requirement of a most desperate moment, she started to run for her life. And over the course of the most dramatic few seconds of the entire 2017 B.C. girls high school rugby season, the Grade 10 fly half with North Vancouver’s Carson Graham Eagles kept repeating the same phrase to herself.

“The whole time I just kept saying ‘I’ve got to score, I’ve got to score,'” she smiled after her Eagles held on to beat Abbotsford’s hometown Yale Lions 19-17 to repeat as B.C. girls Triple A rugby champions under sweltering sun at Rotary Stadium. ““It was crazy, but I had to do this for me team, and I also had to do it for my sister (Dallas), because she tore her ACL in Grade 12 and she couldn’t play for Carson."

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Carson Graham fly half Savannah Bauder captured midway through her B.C. title-winning 75-metre run to touch in Saturday's Triple A final at Rotary Stadium. (Photo for Varsity Letters by Wilson Wong/UBC athletics)