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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

November 17, VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team took on the Castaway Wanderers again after just playing the Oak Bay side last week. Coming out on top with a score of 23-17, the Vikes are now one step closer to winning the coveted Barnard Cup.

With the absence of Vikes standouts such as Phil Mack (Victoria, BC), Sean Duke (Vancouver, BC), and Nathan Hirayama (Richmond, BC) due to national team duties, the Vikes were given a good opportunity to rework their lineup in order to pull off the win.

The UVic men relied on players such as rookie-to-watch Chase Kelliher (Paget, BM), second-year Luke McCloskey (Victoria, B.C.), and third-year Dustin Dobravsky (Hanover, Germany) as they each scored a try.

Kicking for the UVic men and slotting in at flyhalf for Hirayama, Patrick Kay (Duncan, B.C.) made good on one conversion attempt in addition to two penalties, for a combined points total of eight.

Next up for the Vikes is a match-up against crosstown rivals James Bay, 2:45 p.m., Nov. 24, at Wallace Field.