By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications
April 7, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Proving that they still deserve to be in playoff contention, the University of Victoria Vikes beat the No. 4 Meraloma RC by a score of 40-27.
Knowing that their post-season was on the line, the Vikes came out hard in the first half of play to take the lead 27-5 at halftime. With tries by Dustin Dobravsky, Patrick Kayand two by Luke McCloskey, the Lomas struggled to gain possession and get on the board.
Just after the break, it was McCloskey that notched another try to earn himself a hat trick and put the Vikes up by another five. The Lomas finally responded as a series of scrums deep in the Vikes’ defensive end saw the visiting side push the ball across the line.
Credit to the Lomas as they fought to make it back from their 22-point deficit and in a show of strength they once again pushed the ball across the line to make it 32-17.
A successful penalty kick by Kay saw the Vikes earn another three but it was quickly answered by another Lomas try.
The Vikes were quick to capitalize on a turnover and with a series of offloads saw rookie Luke Campbell cross the line to add another five points to the scoreboard.
With the final score at 40-27, the Vikes are now one step closer to finding themselves in the league’s top four as they continue their hunt for the playoffs next weekend against the No. 3 Capilano RFC.
BC RUGBY SATURDAY SCOREBOARD
Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – Sat. April 6th:
UBCOB Ravens 39(+1) – 12 James Bay AA
Meraloma Rugby Club 27(+1) – 40(+1) UVic Vikes
Castaway Wanderers 26(+1) – 25(+1) Bayside AA
Capilano RFC 20 – 60(+1) Burnaby Lake