Vikes challenged by physical Oak Bay side

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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications – Photos by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

March 9, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Taking on the No. 6 Castaway Wanderers the University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team were downed 48-14 by the more physical Oak Bay side.

There was definitely some hard hitting from both teams out on the field at Windsor Park Saturday afternoon, nothing was going to come easy.

DR6F1872Castaways Mozac Samson Comes out on top of Vikes Dustin Dobrovsky during BCRU Premier Division play at Windsor Park Saturday afternoon – Photo by Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Rather than adding another win to their recent string of successes, the Vikes were looking a bit worn after a busy few weeks. The Castaway Wanderers played a far more physical game than the UVic men were prepared for and after the first half of play the Vikes had only nine points to the Castaway’s 30.

DR6F2159Vikes Luke Campbell, seen here handing off the ball, would see his first action since injury sidelined him in the the fall of 2012 – Photo by Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The lone nine were put up by rookie standout Fergus Hall (Victoria, B.C.) as he made good on three penalty kicks. Scoring five tries in the first 40 minutes of play, the Oak Bay side were far more direct with their attack and made the Vikes pay for their mistakes.

DR6F2179#21 Pita Savea carries the ball looking for support from his fellow Castaways – Photo by Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

In the second half the Vikes refused to say die and came out strong with their line up boasting speed from wingers Beau Parker (Vancouver, BC) and Kane Wyatt (Shawnigan Lake, B.C.). Unfortunately, a try by Parker in the early minutes of the second 40 was reversed and an unfortunate yellow card given to third-year Doug Fraser (Ladysmith, BC) did not help the Vikes’ chances.

DR6F2361B.C. Boys High School AOY and Vikes rookie Fergus Hall gets pulled down by Mike Fuailefau of the Wanderers during a BCRU league test Saturday at Windsor parkPhoto by Erich Eichhorn  ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Parker was successful in crossing the line a second time but it was too little too late for the Vikes as the Castaways continued to run the play for a final score of 48-14.

DR6F2446#10 Fergus Hall of the Vikes gets an ear full from a Castaway Wanderer’s stiff arm – Photo by Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

DR6F2515The Uvic Vikes would have their hands full against a depleted Castaway squad in a lopsided 48-14 loss at Windsor Park – Photo by Eric Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

FULL SCHEDULE / ROSTER

Next up for the University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team is a home game against Burnaby Lake, Mar. 16.

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