Warren Henderson/Capital News Kelowna Roosters’ Jeff Lohse escapes the grasp of an Abbotsford opponent in B.C. Rugby League action Sunday at the Apple Bowl.

Roosters soar in BCRL opener

Kelowna beats Abbotsford in Rugby League action Saturday at the Apple Bowl

The Kelowna Roosters are off and running.

In their inaugural home opener in the B.C. Rugby League, the Roosters subdued the Abbotsford Griffins 44-12 Saturday afternoon at the Apple Bowl.

Kelowna’s Jeff Lohse and Tom Rosewarn spearheaded the attack for the home side with two tries apiece.

The Roosters jumped on top quickly, scoring the game’s first four tries to make it 22-0, then taking a 28-6 lead into half time. Kelowna added three more tries in the second half to earn a convincing victory in the 2017 season opener.

“Plenty of big hits from both teams but Kelowna Roosters showed too much class throughout the game,” said Canada Rugby League Association president Paul O’Keefe.

Kelowna product and member of the Canada Wolverines national squad, Jeff Lohse, tallied the most impressive try of the day, picking up a kick from Abbotsford on his own tryline and racing 100 metres down the field to score under the posts in the second half.

Roosters hooker Tom Rosewarn was named Kelowna’s game MVP.

This weekend, the Roosters will travel to Vancouver to take on the Capilano Cougars who haven’t been beaten in two years in BCRL Championship play.