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British Columbia defeated Atlantis 7s to win the boys U-18 division at the Las Vegas Invitational. The bigger Canadian side wore down Atlantis in the second half, scored three tries, and yielded no points.

British Columbia opened the scoring off an errant pass from Atlantis. The referee was wearing a similar green jersey to the Atlantis players and one pass was mistakenly sent his way. BC pounced on the loose ball and took it the distance for the 5-0 lead.

Atlantis struck back after a couple line breaks and a penalty. Atlantis powered over with a forwards try to even the score at five.

The Canada side looked to retake the lead after a line break and a great offload. Mike Smith beat a man to the outside but a great cover tackle resulted in a penalty inside the five-meter line and Atlantis got out of dodge for the moment.

With no time left on the clock BC exploited space wide left. Two great offloads, one from the sideline and another popped back inside with a tackler draped on the player led to a try right before the break. BC led 10-5 going into the half.

The second half start with back and forth possession due to penalties. Neither team was able to get any continuity in the first two minutes but number Kyle Joe from BC fended off a pair of tacklers and got down near the goal line. After a penalty, BC quick tapped and slid in the down the left side line.

The Canadians took over the game adding another score in the right corner and added another score with 30 seconds remaining. The final hooter sounded and after a knock-on British Columbia won 27-5.

British Columbia try scorers included, John Jubenvill, Logan Martin-Feek, Matthew Houghton, Thomas Rennie and Smith.