Rustlers wrap up rugby season

The Williams Lake Rustlers finished fourth out of 12 teams at the Abbotsford Gobbler rugby tournament Thanksgiving weekend.

The Williams Lake Rustlers finished fourth out of 12 teams at the Abbotsford Gobbler rugby tournament Thanksgiving weekend.

The Rustlers beat the Edmonton U20 side 17-14, dominated the University of Northern British Columbia 29-5 and downed the Vancouver Keepers, 24-5.

“We made the top four teams to advance to the semifinals but lost a tough game to Edson 17-5 and got knocked out of the tournament,” said Rustlers player Todd Pritchard.

The Robert Bateman Alumni went on to beat Edson in the final.

The tournament wrapped up a busy season of rugby for the Williams Lake men’s side.

In May the Rustlers travelled to Edmonton, finishing third in a 24-team seven-a-side tournament.

They also travelled to Simon Fraser University, Penticton and Kamloops for tournaments, played in Williams Lake over Stampede weekend, then went back to Penticton for the Saratoga Cup (finishing third in the province in the independent league for clubs with only one team).

The Rustlers finished the season with 20 wins and 13 losses.

“As a team we put on more than 7,800 kilometres in travel,” Pritchard said.

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