The junior Howlers faced USA 1 in their first outing. The US entered two representative sides that featured all stars from several regions. The junior Howlers showed their inexperience and suffered a 31 – 5 loss to the Americans. Rather than dwell on the loss, the team re-grouped and prepared for their next match, as they faced the BC 2 team. The Howlers dominated the match, scoring a decisive 31 – 0 victory over the representative team from BC. The junior Howlers then played Glendale, Colorado. The team finished the preliminary round with a 15 – 5 win.
A second place finish by the junior Howlers would result in the team facing the BC 1 team on Saturday morning. The teams drew even at 19 points each when the regular time whistle was blown. This triggered a sudden death overtime scenario for the teams. The Howlers prevailed on a try scored by Cameron Lawson and the team would move on to the final of the Eilte Age Grade division; once again facing US 1. The Howlers lead the Americans 7 – 0 at the half. US 1 scored 17 unanswered points and secured the win and the Eilte Age Grade championship 17 – 7 over the Howlers.
The LVI was an excellent opportunity for these young players and they certainly rose to the occasion.