Weekend draw keeps Vikes’ playoff hopes alive

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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

March 25, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Travelling to Vancouver on Mar. 23 to take on the No. 7 UBCOB Ravens RFC the No. 6 Vikes needed to avoid a loss to keep their playoff hopes alive. With a final score of 41-41 the Vikes managed to remain in post-season contention.

It was a shaky start for the visiting Vikes as they dropped the opening kick-off and were faced with a Raven-scrum inside their defensive 22. After a quick pass to their half-back, UBCOB’s Brodie Henderson came in off the wing and caught an inside ball to go untouched through the posts. In less than 30 seconds, the Ravens had the lead.

Struggling to find their footing, the Vikes were down 30-5 going into halftime.

“When we did have the ball we looked really dangerous,” said Vikes assistant coach Rick Farrally. “We just needed to maintain possession for lengthier passages of play.”

After the break, the tide turned in favour of the Vikes as the young team proved their speed and fitness would get the better of their opposition.

Beau Parker (Vancouver, B.C.) was a standout for the UVic men as he crossed the line three times while fellow winger Luke McCloskey (Victoria, B.C.) earned an additional two. Despite taking several massive hits from the Ravens’ defense, sophomore flyhalf Patrick Kay (Duncan, B.C.) remained focused and with a try and two conversions added to the Vikes’ scoreline.

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Additionally, strong performances from forwards Adam Kleeberger (White Rock, BC), Drew Langer (North Vancouver, BC) and substitute Nathan Stewart (Williams Lake, B.C.) kept the Vikes in the game to earn three CDI Premiership points with the 41-41 draw.

With 24 points, UVic is now one point short of a fifth-place tie with island competition the Castaway Wanderers. In the next few weeks the Vikes will face No. 4 Meralomas RC, No. 2 Capilano RFC and top team James Bay AA.

This weekend, Mar. 29, the Vikes will again travel to Vancouver to play game two of the Wightman Boot series against the University of British Columbia.

VIKES SCORING

Beau Parker (15 points – 3 tries)

Luke McCloskey (10 points – 2 tries)

Pat Kay (9 points – 1 try, 2 converts)

Fergus Hall (7 points – 2 converts, 1 penalty kick)

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