By James Nielsen, Vikes Communications
September 10, 2013, Victoria – The third annual Victoria International 7’s rugby tournament took place Sept. 7 at Wallace Field, featuring a large array of current Vikes who suited up for various teams. Canada Blue earned top-spot in the tournament and a $5000 first-place award.
Selected from a three-day camp, two Canadian teams—Canada Blue and Canada Black, faced off against six other teams in the two-pool tournament that saw numerous Vikes competing for the two Canadian sides, University Selects and Crimson Tide. The remaining four clubs, Langara Selects, Barbados, Serevi Selects and South Seas rounded out Pools A and B.
“It [the Victoria Sevens tournament] gave a lot of the up-and-coming players a chance to play against our national team players,” said Vikes men’s rugby head coach Doug Tate. “The UVic guys that played in the tournament got some good experience and ended up doing very well.”
Vikes outside-half Patrick Kay had an excellent tournament, scoring on the final whistle in the opening round to avoid an upset against his Canada Black squad. Kay came up big in the Cup Final as well, running in two tries during the game as Canada Black dominated Serevi Selects 38-0 to earn first-place honours in the tournament.
Also competing in the tournament were Vikes Nathan Hirayama, Phil Mack, and Sean Duke who have become a fixture on the international rugby stage. Fergus Hall, Luke McCloskey and Nathan Yanagiya were also competing in the tournament, joining a batch of fresh UVic players over the weekend – with many experiencing their first taste of the rugby seven format.
“It was a good opportunity for some of the guys on the university team to make a statement that they should be looked at, they had a lot on the line,” said Tate. “I though that the UVic players—some of them look like their fit, they look ready to go, and the [Premier League] season starts right away, so it was a good start to get them going for the season.”
Men’s rugby action continues this Friday, as the Vikes take on James Bay AA in their CDI premier match up at 7:00pm at Centennial Field. For more information visit govikesgo.com.