Merritt Barbarians conquer Vernon Jackals

Vernon Jackals fall 36-17 to the host Merritt Barbarians in Okanagan Rugby Union play Sunday.

The Vernon Jackals were down a pair of tries early and never recovered in a 36-17 Okanagan Rugby Union loss to the host Merritt Barbarians Sunday.

“We came out flat and Merritt took it to us for the first part of the game,” said Jackals player/coach Mike Scheller.

“We settled down and played pretty well for the next 60 minutes and the match was back and forth.”

The Jackals got the score to 24-17 and were knocking at Merritt’s try line, but the Barbarians found another gear to widen the gap.

“They were the better team on Sunday – they hit the rucks harder, tackled better and were full value for the win,” said Scheller.

“When we swung the ball wide, we were successful and both our tries came from moving the ball quickly.”

Winger Nathan Martel collected both Jackal tries, while Trevor Miyazaki, Vernon’s most consistent player, booted two converts and a penalty.