The Fulton Maroons travelled to Okanagan Mission in Kelowna on a big yellow bus Tuesday, but didn’t need many seats since they only had 14 bodies for the game.
Despite a rash of injuries and several work commitments, the Maroons managed to brush back the Huskies 26-21 in Okanagan Senior AA Boys Rugby Union action.
The Maroons welcome backed big Ben Olson, from a high ankle sprain, and he plowed over a few Huskies while scoring three times. Dalton Anderson contributed one try and converted three.
OKM came out strong and scored twice on early possessions, grabbing a 14-0 lead before Fulton touched the ball.
“The boys showed tremendous character fighting back the way they did,” said Fulton coach Rick Smith.
“Rookie Devon Hascarl played in his first game since Grade 8 and one of the things that pleases a coach the most is that when you teach a skill in practice and a player does exactly that skill to perfection in a game – it is sweet.”
Meanwhile, it’s Super Rugby Friday today as the No. 9 Maroons battle the No. 10 Sir Charles Tupper Tigers of Vancouver today (noon) at Grahame Park. OKM takes on the Mulgrave Titans of West Vancouver at 10:30 a.m. at Grahame.
At Kalamalka, the Lakers tangle with the No. 1 Collingwood Cavaliers of West Vancouver at 2 p.m., while the Kelowna Christian Knights meet the Alpha Aztecs of Burnaby at 3:30.
In junior boys action Tuesday, Fulton grounded the host Salmon Arm Golds 22-15.
The Maroons got tries from Clark Richardson, Sean Greene, Marshall Kazemir and Lucas Hofer. Greene booted one convert.
Fulton lacked energy and intensity in the first half and fell behind 10-5.
“We played much better in the second half, took the lead and won the game,” said Fulton coach Mike Scheller.
“We tackled better, and attacked while on offence. We also began to play much smarter. Shane Gaythorpe has done a great job coaching the forwards, and they played well. They won rucks and mauls, and were very effective in the lineouts.”
Added Scheller: “Scrum half Sean Greene had a great game; he was all over the field. He tackled well and directed our offence. Outside centre Bryce Dulaba also played very well, running hard, and he made some nice tackles. Hooker Adam Woods had great energy all game, and threw well in the lineouts. Prop Alex Cox is getting better and better in the scrums.”