Kelowna Crows split rugby season openers

The Kelowna Crows kicked off the 2011 B.C. Rugby Union spring schedule with a win and a loss last weekend against the hometown Brit Lions.

The Kelowna Crows kicked off the 2011 B.C. Rugby Union spring schedule with a win and a loss last weekend against the hometown Brit Lions.

In Okanagan Spring Division 1 action on Saturday, the Lions held off the Crows for an 11-8 win. Judah Campbell scored the Crows lone try as Kelowna gave the Lions all they could handle.

“Physically we played strong and hard,” said Crows coach Rob O’Brien. “This was a step in the right direction, but we have not come close to reaching our potential as a team.”

Players of the game were Tim Coles for the back and Liam Chisholm for the forwards.
In Div. 2 action, the Crows roared out to a 33-0 lead, then hung on for a 33-20 win over the Brit Lions.

Fly half Grady Krohmann notched the first 11 points for the Crows before Damien Thomas scored back to back tries to make it 23-0.

A penalty kick and try by Krohmann and a try by Nicholas Kober made it 33-0 at the half.

In the second half, the Lions came out with a revamped game plan and some personnel changes to make the score respectable.

The smaller Crows suffered a number of injuries against the more physical Lions, but managed to hold on for their first win of the season.The Crows return to action Feb. 19 in Surrey.

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