The scoreline wasn’t exactly flattering, but given the opposition, the Vernon Panthers had to be ecstatic.
Going up against the Somerset College Spartans, a touring rugby team from Queensland, Australia, the Cats turned in a respectable performance in their season opener, falling 40-12. They are the only team so far to record a try against the Aussies, and Colton Klein had them both.
After the Panthers were denied four times from the five-metre line, Klein finally barged in for the first one. He scored again on a great individual effort where he kicked the loose ball down field and picked it up off the bounce before breaking two tackles on his way to the try line.
Said VSS head coach Stuart McKnight: “The visiting Australian boys put on a clinic of fast hands and fast feet. Their handling and running rugby was excellent to watch and very hard to defend.
“What our boys lacked in experience we made up for in physical commitment and bruising tackles.”