Vikes open CDI Premier League season with victory

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By: James Nielsen, Vikes communications

October 5, 2013, VICTORIA, BC. – Warm weather and clear skies greeted the University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby squad as they played their first game of the 2013 CDI Premier League season, fighting through a tight opening half before pulling away to win 43-13 over Meralomas, Oct. 5 at Wallace Field.

Meralomas played strong defense against the Vikes to start, pulling ahead early in the match. The Vikes kept their composure despite falling behind with Fergus Hall finishing a push up the field and kicking a field goal to pull his team within two points heading into the half.

“Meralomas played well in the opening half,” said Vikes head coach Doug Tate. “We gave them some opportunities with penalty kicks and we didn’t have enough possession.”

Hall once again converted a field goal to open up the second half, giving the Vikes their first lead of the game 14-13. The Vikes would settle into a rhythm for the second half, converting several tries and pushing their lead up to 26-13. With ten minutes remaining, Jamie MacKenzie received the ball after a Vikes try, running up the right side of the field before finally being taken down. His effort would not be in vain, as the Vikes converted for another try to push their lead 31-13.

Meralomas would attempt to cut the Vikes lead following the try, pushing within yards of the end zone, but strong defensive play by the home side would squander their attempts. The Vikes would then pad their lead with two additional tries before the final whistle blew.

“It was a good first game for us,” said Tate. “You have to be able to win games in this league and we want to be in a position to challenge with the top teams.”

The men next face Capilanos, Oct. 19 at 2:45 p.m. at Wallace Field.