Whiskey Jacks season finale cancelled

Lucas Punkari/Daily Herald Pelasio Verekula kicks the ball up the field for the Prince Albert Whiskey Jacks during a home game against the Regina Highlanders earlier this season.

The Prince Albert Whiskey Jacks now have some extra time to prepare for the post-season.

With Thursday’s regular season finale against the Warman Krems being cancelled, the team is now gearing up for a North Saskatchewan Rugby Union Division II playoff game on Saturday Aug. 25 against the Saskatoon Gophers.

“We have a great opportunity to play for a provincial title if we can get a pair of wins in the coming weeks,” Whiskey Jacks forward Darcy Murphy said. “Our main focus in practice is going to be with our team play and our mental focus in order to achieve that goal.”

The Whiskey Jacks have won both head-to-head meetings in convincing fashion over the Gophers during the regular season.

As a result of Thursday’s cancellation, the Whiskey Jacks finished the campaign with a 5-4 record as they dropped a 39-27 contest on the road to the Saskatoon Badgers last Wednesday night.

“It was a disappointing loss for us,” Murphy said. “We made a number of tactical errors and had some poor decision making, which led to the Badgers getting the majority of their points on the mistakes that we made.

“It was a combination of things that cost us and we need to play better rugby from the neck up. They have 10 guys going to the national club provincials in a few weeks, but I feel like we have a better team.”