Prince Rupert high school rugby players come home with winning record

The Charles Hays Hurricanes rugby squad traveled to Vanderhoof this weekend and came away with a 2-1-1 record.

The Charles Hays Hurricanes rugby squad traveled to Vanderhoof this weekend and, following the first win in program history earlier this year, came away with a 2-1-1 record.

In the first game on Friday night, the boys played the Peace Country, a combination of Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, and the game ended in a 0-0 tie.

“It was a fantastic game, both teams played well and it was a fun one to watch,” said coach James Witzke.

The next morning Charles Hays played against Terrace and, after a slow start, began to find their game in the second half. But it was too late and when the whistle sounded Terrace took the 14-7 victory.

Later in the day Charles Hays played Fort St. James, a team Witzke said played very well technically. But Charles Hays proved to be too much, shutting out the Fort St. James squad 12-0.

In the final game of the weekend Charles Hays faced off with Houston, a team they had never beaten before. The Hurricanes were up on Houston by two tries early before Houston pulled it to within one try. When the whistle went the score was as close as could be, with Charles Hays winning 15-14.

“They came together in a way I had never seen before and they showed an incredible level of determination,” said Witzke.

“This is by far the best record we’ve ever shown. It is definitely a reflection of the hard work the boys have been putting in not just over the season, but over the years.”