The Fulton Maroons were down two tries before they knew it and never recovered in a 34-13 loss to the Rick Hansen Hurricanes of Abbotsford.
Mike Scheller’s Maroons closed the gap to 19-13 by halftime of their B.C. Senior AA Boys Rugby Championship opener Friday in Kelowna, but the No. 10 ranked Hansen pulled away after the break.
“Rick Hansen is a good team with a very distinct size advantage over us,” said Scheller. “They have some very skilled players and they run hard.
“I was proud of the way our guys rebounded after a bad 10 minutes. We clawed back and our guys showed a lot of fight.”
Scoring tries for the No. 7 seeded Maroons were game MVP Layne Greene and Ryan Buick. Greene added a penalty.
Flanker Dan Eustache, who was a force all over the field, eight-man Austin Richardson, prop Tanner Bishop and fullback Caleb McCuiag all delivered solid efforts for Fulton.
Meanwhile, the No. 9 Kalamalka Lakers battled the No. 8 G.W. Graham Grizzlies of Chilliwack, and the No. 12 Vernon Panthers faced the No. 5 Heritage Park Highlanders of Mission, Saturday at Parkinson Rec Fields in Kelowna.
Round 2 of provincials starts Wednesday at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford.