The KSS Owls rugby team fought through some injuries to key players and came out of the gates strong, coming away with a 32-17 win over the Salmon Arm Golds in boys rugby action on Wednesday afternoon.
KSS stalwarts Kyle Patchell (separated shoulder), Bryce Stirling (sprained MCL) and Dane Petersen (facial stitches) all played through their injuries and played significant roles in the win.
Cole Mosychuk opened the scoring in the first few minutes of the game with a try from five meters (unconverted). Patchell then scored a brilliant try from 45 meters, shaking a couple of tackles before kicking the ball to open space on the dead run and then outracing two Salmon Arm players to the ball where he got a good bounce and took it in for the score. Salmon Arm answered the quick start by the Owls with a try of their own to make the score 10-5 before Sam Collington kicked a penalty from 18 meters out and then converted a try from Petersen to push the score to 20-5.
Salmon Arm had some good pressure late in the half and were rewarded when they pounded the ball in from close, and converted the try, to narrow the score to 20-12 at the half.
The second half had Stirling score a try early (unconverted) from 10 meters to put the score at 25-12. Salmon Arm then put on some big pressure and looked like they were about to score when Petersen jumped in front of an errant pass and raced, virtually untouched, 90 meters to put the game out of reach at 32-12. Salmon Arm scored late to make the final 32-17.
The win secures second place for the Owls and gives them the home field advantage against the now 3rd place Salmon Arm Gold in next Monday’s Okanagan Valley semi final matchup.
The other semi final will see the 4th place Mt Boucherie Bears travel to Kamloops to face the 1st place South Kamloops Titans.