The No. 6-ranked Okanagan Mission Huskies will battle the third-ranked Rockridge Raiders Wednesday in the second round of the B.C. high school boys AA rugby playoffs.
OKM advanced to the quarterfinals of the provincial playdowns thanks to a 14-5 win over over the Windsor Dukes Saturday in Kelowna.
After a scoreless first half, the Huskies entered the second half determined to work hard, and their efforts soon paid off. At the five minute mark, captain Sam Overton had a strong run deep into Dukes’ territory. In the ensuing ruck, the Okanagan Valley champs were awarded a penalty kick about three metres from the Windsor goal line, and Huskies’ hooker Andrew Barr managed to punch the ball in for a try right under the posts. Scrum half Trevor Swaisland had no trouble kicking the convert, and OKM was on the board 7-0.
History repeated itself a few minutes later.
The Huskies again found themselves with a penalty kick deep in Dukes territory, and again all star hooker Andrew Barr drove across the Dukes’ goal line for a try. This time, however, kicker Trevor Swaisland was positioned a metre off of the touch line. Swaisland hit the ball with a beautiful strike though, and slotted the kick to put OKM up 14-0.
In spite of the Huskies’ surge Windsor wasn’t ready to give up, and soon came back to get a try of their own. After the Dukes’ score both teams dug in again playing tough defense and the score remained 14-5 at the final whistle.
OKM RFC Coach Chuck Bullock was impressed with the heart that his team showed, stating “We won’t be out worked.” Coach Steve Doyle added that the team was relieved to have their first game of the Provincial Championships under their belt. “I think the boys were a bit tensed up given the situation,” said Doyle, “but I’m proud that they stuck to it.”
No. 9 Kelowna Christian was relegated to the lower half of the draw with a 39-12 loss to Mulgrave.