Heat roll onto a win in exhibition match with Penticton club

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KELOWNA, BC – Coach Chris Haynes was getting a second look at his men’s rugby team for the upcoming season, with over 20 new faces looking for a spot on the top 15, Haynes used the match to look at all of his healthy players and different combinations.

Playing Penticton in an exhibition match on Saturday turned into a scoring-fest as the Heat’s depth allowed them to score four tries in the last few minutes to blow out the match and the visiting Penticton Club (55-29) at the Parkinson Recreation Centre.

The first half and the scoring was opened up when Kyle Trembly touched the ball down, his strong running led to a two more scores as he opened lanes for Phil Labreque and Matt Carrtier to also score tries. First year Devon Stroud converted two of the three tries.

Penticton finally got on the board and the Heat responded, the game was 24-5, in hand for the Heat at the half.

The second half started when the teams traded tries again. First year Heat scrum-half Ben Ellis was the only UBCO player to score two tries on the day, his first was to close out the first half and his second at the begining of the second.

After Ellis’ second-half try the Penticton club found multiple lanes and knocked off two quick tries, cutting the Heat lead to five (29-24).

That was as close as Penticton would come as Kurt Yesilcimen’s try broke open the UBCO offense as they scored three more tries, including one by Dom Haynes who converted three second half tries.

The Heat will take the win and prepare for their upcoming trip to Calgary this weekend (Sept. 29-30) where they will play the University of Calgary, the University of Regina and potentially one other match.

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