Nate Martel collected a trio of tries as the Vernon Jackals pounded the Penticton Harlequins 61-5 in Okanagan Rugby Union play Saturday at Grahame Park.
The Jackals overwhelmed the inexperienced Harlequins, with further tries coming from Brian Cragg (2), Garth Cooke (2), Kevin Stecyk and Trevor Miyazaki, who booted eight of nine conversions.
“We have to credit Penticton – they had a lot of their players missing and came to us with a few inexperienced and young players,” said Jackals’ player-coach Mike Scheller. “They played hard, but we had a lot more experience than they did and it showed in the score.
“We were the better team in all facets of the game. We executed our game-plan quite well, and our forwards saw a lot of action.”
Miyazaki, at standoff, orchestrated the Jackals’ attack, supplying the forwards with a lot of crash ball. Once they were able to overlap Penticton, it created some easy tries for the Vernon backs, who did a great job of finishing.
Scrum half Tanner Nordstrom-Young, playing his first game after returning from the University of Calgary, had a solid debut.
“His delivery of the ball and situational kicking was good,” said Scheller.
Flanker (Kiwi) Dan Eyles was all over the field, as usual, hitting everything in sight. Prop Dallas Agg and hooker Eric Sundquist made some nice tackles and were a force in the rucks and mauls.
The 3-1 Jackals host the Salmon Arm/Enderby Manthers Saturday, 1 p.m. at Grahame.