The Pen High Lakers have punched their ticket to the Okanagan Valley 3A Rugby League final.
They did so by exploding for eight tries in the final 20 minutes at McNicoll Park Oval Tuesday to rout the Salmon Arm Gold 59-15. The Lakers trailed 10-7 entering the final half, then gave up another score early to make it 15-7.
“It’s a habit with our team. We didn’t play badly, but not well,” said Lakers coach Ken Sommerfeldt. “In the last 20 minutes we exploded with scoring.”
It’s a trend that is unlikely to stop as they head to Kelowna Thursday to take on the Owls.
“I always pray they do,” joked Sommerfeldt of the trend breaking. “Keep close within a score.”
When it comes to taking on the Owls, who beat the Lakers recently 40-33 after leading 40-5, Sommerfeldt said the players feels good about that matchup.
“They are not in awe of Kelowna,” said Sommerfeldt. “The guys are looking forward to getting revenge.”