April 9, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby squad conclude their 2013-14 season this Saturday, April 12 against the Rowers, the final chapter in a challenging year that saw the Vikes fall victim to a mixture of national team commitments and injury.
Both teams will have the opportunity to end their season on a positive note when they kick-off at 2:45 p.m. on Wallace Field.
PREMIER LEAGUE STANDINGS / LEADING SCORERS
Once again the Vikes will feature a strong contingent of reserve players from their Divison 1 squad. Last weekend, due to player injuries as well as the 2014 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Hong Kong, China, the Vikes roster was also filled with several young faces, but managed to push the game until the final whistle before dropping a tight decision to the UBCOB Ravens, 28-24 at Wallace Field.
The Rowers, currently sitting one spot below the Vikes in league standings, have experienced a similar season to their Saturday opposition, going 5-8 on the year. The Rowers have struggled on both sides of the ball through 13 games this season, sitting second-last in the league in both points scored and points against and holding a differential of -150 points overall. Despite their record, they managed to capture victory against the Vikes last November in an 18-11 decision on home turf in Vancouver.
“We want to finish strong in Saturday’s match,” said Vikes assistant coach Rick Farrally. “It’s the last game for our graduating players so we want to finish strong for them as well. If anything, our guys can release a little anxiety from exams this week.”
The Vikes could potentially welcome national team member Sean Duke back for their season finale, freeing up fellow national member Pat Kay at fullback and providing Farrally and head coach Doug Tate with several options Saturday.
The Vikes’ final game of the season kicks off at 2:45 p.m., April 11 at Wallace Field.