Colonials shut out Grizzlies

The Trail Colonials hit the pitch for their second regular season Kootenay Rugby Union match up against the Nelson Grizzlies, their last game before they venture to Missoula, Montana for its annual rugby tournament.

Following last week’s decisive victory over the Cranbrook Rogues at Upper Sunningdale Field, the Colonials again held home-field advantage Saturday.

The first half saw two formidable defenses engage in a war of attrition but the league-leading Colonials managed 10 unanswered points over the Grizzlies before the half-time whistle. Kyle Hohert and “Slippery” Steve Laface accounted for the two unconverted trys as the stalwart Colonials put up a defensive wall.

The Grizzlies applied some pressure when the second half got under way including long runs by Nelson’s man of the match, Derek Stefiuk.  But despite bending, the Colonials’ defense would not break as they continued to shut Nelson down at the goal line.

As time wound down, two crushing trys by Clint Faulkner put the game out of reach and   Tim Carson and Steve Espenhain added a try each before the final whistle sounded.

Todd Benson added 4 pts kicking 2 conversions.  For his strong play and work in the scrum Jeff Todd was awarded man of the match for the Colonials in a 34-0 final.

As always the Colonials welcome new players.