Golds hope to roll with momentum

The SAS senior boys rugby team got off to slow start following a long bus ride to Penticton to face the Lakers

The SAS senior boys rugby team got off to slow start following a long bus ride to Penticton to face the Lakers.

The Golds shook off their bus legs and turned the game around for a 17-14 win.

Jase Robert scored the winning try and Liam Westbrook and Sam Curdyk got the other tries.

Noah Dies made a beautiful run off the back of the line out towards the PenHigh 30-metre line only to be tied up trying to off load the ball to Logan Christian.

Spinning the ball wide, and kicking with his left foot, Nathan Hampton played a key role in SAS getting the victory.

Charging off the back of the scrum was Ryder Fortes who had two Lakers hanging off him to off-load to Josh Cline making another 20 yard run.

Devon Roper had an outstanding game at flank, taking the ball up the field with only a few PenHigh players to slow him down. Roper was also a force on defence making numerous tackles.

The most valuable player of the game was Jimmy Picul for his try saving, game-saving tackle on the Golds eight metre line, stopping the Lakers hard-driving scoring attempt.

The next game for the senior Golds will be a decisive game for a provincial playoff spot up for grabs.

The Golds will take to the Jackson campus field on Thursday, May 5 at 4:30 p.m.

The last time SAS made it to the provincial tournament was in 1996 with coach John Laboyne, Greg Seed and Al Marr.

Junior Golds

Last week the junior Golds faced off in a double header against Pleasant Valley Secondary School and North Thompson.

On Friday, an entertaining game against  North Thompson came down to the wire.

Just getting over the try line was Jacob Zyri for the game-winning try. Owen Bakke, Gage Buchanan and Steven Rahn provided great support throughout the game on the wings.

Slicing and dicing through most of the North Thompson team was Tristan Kenoras, who proved to be a constant headache for the team from Kamloops. A strong effort by the front row in this game was Reagan St Onge, Montana Lavendar and John Froud.

The second game was against PVSS, a regular competitor that SAS dominates.

Bakke drew two defenders then  out ran them around the wing to score in the corner.

Kenoras made it look easy as he duked out and faked the run in many different ways, leaving PVSS on their heels. The final score for SAS was 20-0.

The next game is a playoff game at Jackson campus field on Tuesday, May 10 against North Thompson, the division’s third ranked side.