Black Sheep captain Josh Shannon

Black Sheep captain Josh Shannon

Black Sheep sting Hornets at home

The Black Sheep win on the rugby pitch against the Hornets.

Saturday’s win on the rugby pitch was a victory in more ways than one for the Port Alberni Black Sheep.

It was the first time in six home games that the Sheep have defeated their cross-Island rivals the Nanaimo Hornets. And despite a lapse in the first half it was a demonstration of this season’s Div. 1 men’s squad’s strength of character, head coach Jas Purewal said.

The Black Sheep were up 13-7 at halftime and up 20-15 midway through the second half when they took a number of penalties.

“I was pleased our guys raised their game after Nanaimo went ahead 22-20,” Purewal said.

Mike Nelson scored a try to give the Black Sheep at 25-22 lead, which Nanaimo evened with a penalty kick. Then Ty Shannon scored in the corner after a long play from the opposite end of the field to give the Black Sheep the win with three minutes left.

The Sheep were strong in their scrums, which was a departure from the previous week’s 43-17 road loss to the Piggies in Duncan.

“You play a lot more offence than defence…if you get a quality ball in front of you.”

The win leaves the Black Sheep 1-1 in Times Colonist Cup competition.

SCRUM NOTES…New players are welcome. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. the club on Argyle Street or call Purewal at 250-724-5363.

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EDITED: The Black Sheep vs. Velox game that was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4 in Port Alberni has been postponed. The Black Sheep will instead hold a game situation training session from 12:30–2:15 p.m. Oct. 4 (2014)