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Easy pickings for Gnats

Experience trumps youth in weekend rugby-fest

Trevor Jensen would have made a perfect model for rugby's version of the Heisman Trophy.

His 65-metre sideline scamper in the first half Saturday against the Vernon Jackals was right out of old-school football lore.

Down 14-0 to the Jackals, the Williams Lake Rustlers lock had just scored his team's first try when he fielded a kick deep in his own territory and took off at full stride for the end zone, with Erik Grotterod the only Jackal standing in his way. He wasn't standing for long.

With his left arm cradling the ball, Jensen used his other limb to straight-arm Grotterod, catching him in the throat area and sending him crashing to the turf at Kelly Road Field. Jensen kept running and scored, the second of his three tries in the game, and the Rustlers rolled to a 36-14 victory.

Williams Lake started the day with a 20-0 loss to the host Prince George Gnats. In the final men's game of the day, the Gnats had no trouble defeating Vernon 41-0. Troy McKenzie and David McMullen each had two tries. Steven Bolstad, Wes Black and Jesse Ramsey had the others.

See Monday's Citizen for more