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Hospice hot for Jackals

The Vernon Jackals guaranteed themselves first place in the Okanagan Rugby Union with a 24-17 win over the host West Kelowna Grizzlies Saturday.

In a hard-fought game from the start, the Grizzlies ran the opening kick back for a try.

“When that happened, it really woke the guys up to remember were in a game,” said Jackal captain Rob Miles, a Welsh product.

Shortly after, Devon Hospice scored his first of two tries on a shifty run.

“Hospice played great today for us, probably his best game of the season. Ran hard and had a couple big hits. We were very impressed with his ball handling today,” said Miles.

Bryan Bateman gave the Jackals their first lead with his first try of the season on a quick pick-and-go from the three-yard line.

“It wasn't pretty but I’ll take it,” grinned Bateman.

West Kelowna came out fired up in the second half and started moving the ball well. Vernon put up defensive wall, but took several penalties that led to another Grizzlies’ try.

Dion Kaszas, playing his typical hard-hitting game, set up Adam Morad for a try. Hospice added his second score to complete Vernon’s scoring. Miles booted two converts.

West Kelowna squeaked in a try in the closing minutes.