April 12, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby squad capped off their 2013-14 season with a decisive 52-26 victory over the Vancouver Rowers, April 12 at Wallace Field.
Vike Sean Duke returned to the lineup for Saturday’s tilt and was a major factor, posting two tries and assisting on several more in the win. Alongside Duke, Kane Wyatt, Pat Kay, Doug Fraser and Shea Wakefield all put up points for the home squad in the victory.
Vancouver opened up strong against the Vikes, with Rower Calem Hansen breaking up the left side in the attacking zone and finishing off the play with the games first try. Answering for the Vikes was Duke, who carried the ball down the field before a Vikes knock-on brought the promising looking rush.
On twenty minutes, Wyatt posted the home teams first points of the afternoon, cutting the Rowers lead to 7-5, but the visiting team would answer back just minutes later, adding a conversion to extend their lead to 14-5.
Vikes Rookie of the Year nominee Crosby Stewart was a major factor in the contest, and was responsible for setting up the Vikes second score of the day, passing the ball off to Pat Kay who would run it in to once again cut the Rower lead. Despite several promising looking rushes, the Vikes were unable to convert on their opportunities in the first half, trailing 14-10 at halftime.
The Vikes took over on offence early in the second half, running in four consecutive tries much to the delight of injured yet enthusiastic Vike Liam Murray. The fourth VIke try featured a never-say-die approach from Shea Wakefield, who refused to go down, breaking several tackles before touching the ball down to put the Vikes up 34-14.
Kay also got in on the scoring action in the second half, posting two tries in what quickly turned into an offensive clinic by the Vikes, who would roll to victory in their final game of the season.
“It’s nice to finish the season with a win, it’s too bad we couldn’t get more games with this weather that really allowed us to showcase our skills,” said Vikes head coach Doug Tate. “Sean Duke was a on a different level on the field for us I thought today. Several of our players stepped up today. Everyone followed the game plan and I think eventually Vancouver just got tired.”
With the victory, the Vikes finish their season with a 7-8 record and will look ahead to next season for a return to the playoffs.