The old adage “there’s no I in team” was an unfortunate by-product of the Port Alberni Black Sheep’s 15–8 loss to Cowichan Piggies on Saturday.
“As individuals I thought our guys played well,” head coach Jas Purewal said. “As a team, we didn’t have the continuity we needed. We just couldn’t string together the right things when we needed them.”
Cody McClary opened scoring for the Sheep with a try early on, and Neil Thurley put them up 8–0 with a penalty kick. Cowichan scored on the last play of the first half to bring the score to 8–5.
Cowichan scored a second try, unconverted, at the 14-minute mark of the second half, and another one on the final play of the game to win 15–8.
The Black Sheep had several scoring opportunities, but Cowichan’s tackling “made it very difficult for us to get any flow,” Purewal said.
The Black Sheep face the winless Nanaimo Hornets on the road in their final regular season game this Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m. If the Black Sheep win, they gain home advantage in their Cowichan Cup semi-final with Cowichan in mid-April.
“As we move forward it’s going to be a dogfight between the three of us,” Purewal said.