A Black Sheep player takes a tough tackle from a Nanaimo Hornet, Saturday afternoon.

A Black Sheep player takes a tough tackle from a Nanaimo Hornet, Saturday afternoon.

Hornets spank Black Sheep on rugby pitch

Turnovers in the first half cost the Black Sheep a home game against the Nanaimo Hornets.

The Port Alberni Black Sheep got an unexpected bonus in an extra home game last Saturday, but they  failed to turn it into a victory.

The Black Sheep were supposed to be play the Nanaimo Hornets in Nanaimo, but poor field conditions had the game coming to Port Alberni instead. The Hornets returned home to their soggy field with a 32-13 victory over the Sheep.

“We let ourselves down,” Black Sheep head coach Jas Purewal said.

Nanaimo had a 13-3 lead at half time. Ty Shannon scored a penalty goal for Port Alberni to put them on the scoreboard.

Turnovers cost the Black Sheep the game in the first half, Purewal said, and they weren’t able to pull out of it in the second. Nanaimo went up 20-3, then Shannon scored an unconverted try to make it 20-8, but Nanaimo went ahead 32-8 before Anthony Selva scored another unconverted try to make it 32-13.

The Sheep are back at home this weekend when No. 1 ranked Velox Valhallians come to town for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

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