Snow cancels rugby in Alberni

Snow forced the cancellation of games between three Alberni Black Sheep teams and their opponents last weekend.

Snow played havoc with the Port Alberni Black Sheep rugby games last weekend, forcing the cancellation of two out of three matches.

The U17 boys team had to cancel a home game at the rugby club at the top of Argyle Street, and the Div. 3 men’s game in Nanaimo was also snowed out.

The Lady Sheep were the only ones to get in a game, a 44-10 road loss to Velox in Victoria. “Velox went undefeated this year. They’re a powerhouse,” Black Sheep coach Jas Purewal said. Velox has several members on the national team playing on their squad.

Jane Cruttenden scored one try and a conversion and Cheena Putsey scored Port Alberni’s only other try.

The Div. 1 men had a bye as they prepare for a big road game this weekend against Castaway Wanderers. The snow didn’t stop them from getting in a team run on Saturday, and they practiced in the rain Tuesday night at their home pitch.

“We’ve got to get on with it,” Purewal said. “We’ve got to get organized for that big game.”

The Black Sheep will be looking for some bonus points in their road game against Castaways as well as a win. They can earn two points if they score at least four tries in the game, or if they lose by less than seven points.

If they can bag those two points they will be guaranteed to host the Times Colonist Cup final here in Port Alberni on Dec. 3.

SCRUM NOTES…The Div. 3 men will host Comox this Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m.

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