VSS Panthers' Travis Barker strips the ball from the Maroons' Lucas Hofer in high school junior boys rugby action Thursday at Grahame Park.

VSS Panthers' Travis Barker strips the ball from the Maroons' Lucas Hofer in high school junior boys rugby action Thursday at Grahame Park.

Juniors settle for draw

The Fulton Maroons and Vernon Panthers battled to a 5-5 draw in North Zone junior boys rugby action Thursday at Grahame Park.

Austin Richardson handled the scoring for the Maroons in a game that was back and forth for the first 20 minutes. Neither team was able to push past the 10-metre line.

“It was a great junior rugby game between two evenly matched clubs,” said Fulton head coach Mike Scheller.

“Vernon is a very good team, and they run hard in attack.

“Our kids played great. They ran hard, rucked well and tackled effectively. We owned a little territorial advantage at the end, but could not capitalize.”

Inside centre Clark Richardson and flanker Lucas Hofer delivered numerous tackles.

“Austin Richardson played his best game of the season. Layne Greene had to step in at scrum half and he played very well, as did lock Riley Braidwood. He was all over the field,” said Scheller.

The 3-0-1 Maroons host VSS Tuesday afternoon (4 p.m.) at Grahame Park.