Whiskey Jacks fall to undefeated Badgers in rematch

The Prince Albert Whiskey Jacks (right) held the undefeated Saskatoon Badgers (left) in check for most of Friday’s game, but weren’t able to convert their scoring chances in a 22-5 loss at Max Clunie Field. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

The Prince Albert Whiskey Jacks held the undefeated Saskatoon Badgers to only 22 points, but it wasn’t enough to secure victory.

The Whisky Jacks fell 22-5 to the high-powered Badgers on Friday, but Coach Dom Elsbury said their performance was a significant improvement over the previous meeting between the two clubs, which saw Prince Albert fall 51-0.

“We felt that we let ourselves down in the first match against the Badgers and we wanted to rectify that,” Elsbury said. “I was very, very proud of the boys’ effort in defence.”

The visitors jumped out to a 17-0 lead by the end of the first half, but struggles in the kicking game kept them from adding more points.

Prince Albert responded shortly after second half play started, with Tuks Ratuki bursting across the line for the Whiskey Jacks’ lone try.

Elsbury said he was pleased to see his team tighten things up in the second half.

“We felt as if we’d done well in the first half, but we just needed to be smarter in the way we played, and the boys came through.”

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