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RUGBY - Trail takes silver at Sunfest

Pitch pounders come out on losing end of close final

The Trail Colonials Rugby Club rolled into Penticton on the weekend to engage in the Sunfest Rugby Tournament.

The Colonials faced the Williams Lake Rustlers in the first game, but the cowboys were no match for a strong and determined Trail side.

The Colonials won 19-5 on the strength of trys by Bryan Lauzon, Tim Carson and Steve Laface, with Lauzon adding two converts.

The host Penticton Harlequins tangled with the Colonials in the second game.

Tim Carson and Lauzon got the Colonials off to a flying start, each scoring trys in the first half. The game stayed close until the final minutes when the elusive Cody McIntyre and Clint “the Hammer” Faulkner breached the duck’s defenses ensuring a 29-5 victory.

The win earned the Colonials a spot in the final against the Gibson Pigs Rugby Club.

The Gibson squad started strong, building a first half lead but the Colonials fought back in the second. Trail scored three consecutive trys including a slashing effort by Taylor Norman but the comeback fell short as the Colonials could not generate another try in the 24-19 loss.

The Colonials host Cranbrook’s Rocky Mountain Rogues in the Kootenay Rugby Union Championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Upper Sunningdale Park.






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