Two Kelowna players had a hand in their team’s success as the B.C. Bulldogs defeated their visitors from the prairies Representative Rugby League on Sunday in Kelowna.
Daniel Blasco-Morris, B.C.’s captain, and Rick Schouten helped pace the home side to a 38-12 victory over the Alberta Broncos at the Parkinson fields.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 10-0 lead—including a convert from Blasco-Morris— but Alberta fought back to take grab 12-10 advantage early in the second half.
The B.C. team quickly hit back with a try from a short kick along the ground to regain the lead, and never looked back from here.
Running a smart line-in attack, centre Daniel Lee score a fine unconverted try off a Rick Schouten pass.
Schouten then showed good strength himself and a nice step at speed to race away and score. Following the conversion it was 24-12 Bulldogs.
In the last 15 minutes the Bulldogs helped themselves to three more tries with Shaun Mercier crossed for his second try of the game, while Nathan Hannam scored twice.
Hannam converted his last try bringing the final score to 38-12 which certainly was not a true indication of the hard battle between these two provinces.
Blasco-Morris and Schouten both displayed why they are pushing for selection on the Canada Wolverines World Cup qualifiers squad to play in Florida between Dec. 4 to 12.
Canada would need to defeat the USA and Jamaica to qualify for the 2017 World Cup jointly hosted in Australia and New Zealand.