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By: James Nielsen, Vikes Communications – Photos: Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

October 26, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team dropped their first loss of the Premier League season Saturday afternoon, losing 45-38 to rival club James Bay Athletic Association at Macdonald Park.

The Vikes, who lost members Jamie MacKenzie and Nathan Yanagiya to national team commitments, were unable to guard against a relentless James Bay attack.

Vikes Luke McClosky is pulled down by a Bays player in the open field – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )



Spence Dalziel looks out the wing for someone to hand the ball off to – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

After a dominating open half by James Bay, the Vikes found themselves down 29-5 in heading into the second half of play. They would put pressure on the opposing team, scoring three tries in under five minutes.

Vikes Pat Kay advances the ball for the Uvic side – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Following the offensive outburst, the Vikes would make a costly error on defense that would allow James Bay to score yet another try, stretching the lead once again. UVic would pull within seven points, but would be unable to score a final try to complete the comeback.

Vikes would be their worst own enemy vs the JBAA as they would have trouble hanging onto the ball – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

“We weren’t ready to play James Bay,” said head coach Doug Tate. “They were more physical than we were, we got overworked and we are going to have to work on that.”

JBBA #6 Jamal Allen runs over Fergus Hall of the Vikes – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Full-back Kane Wyatt was a standout for the Vikes in the game, making several offensive breaks for the Vikes under pressure. Second-year Fergus Hall led the Vikes in points, scoring a try and adding three conversions in the game.

Mitch Bancroft of James Bay straight arms Vikes would-be tackler as he is forced out of play – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Vikes will regroup to face Vancouver Rowing Club, Nov. 2 in Vancouver, B.C.

Uvic Vikes would be kept just at arms length by the James Bay Bays Saturday afternoon at MacDonald field, loosing the battle 45-38 in a strong comeback bid by the Vikes – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

UVic scorers:

Reed (1), du Plessis (1), Hrycyk (1), Kay (1), Hall (1, 4 C)