Vikes makes defence a priority against Castaway Wanderers

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Rugby Victoria Vikes

Sept 18,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA— The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team needs a win in this weekend’s match against the Castaway Wanderers in order to secure a spot in the Barnard Cup final. They take on the Castaway’s Sept. 20 at 2:45 p.m. at Wallace Field.

After a tight game last weekend that saw the Vikes fall 34-30 to James Bay AA and placed them 1-1-0 for the Vancouver Island series, Victoria needs to double down on defence.

“Doug Fraser had a phenomenal game last week, playing really defensively,” said head coach Doug Tate, who notes his entire back row is in good shape.

Both the Castaways and Vikes loose key players to provincial play this weekend, but Tate isn’t concerned.

“We have a strong bench this season. There isn’t a lot of difference between our starters and non-starters.”

The Castaways boast a strong mix of veteran players and national team members. They’re coming off a winning weekend against Velox, who the Vikes beat 78-10 in their opening game.

“The Castaways always improve as the season advances, it will be a good game,” said Tate.

Look for Guiseppe duToit and Fergus Hall to make the big plays for the Vikes, both who’ve made the scoreboard every game this season.

The winner of Saturday’s game secures a spot in the Barnard Cup final, tentatively set for Dec. 6. James Bay AA are the defending Barnard Cup champions, defeating UVic 23-20 in last year’s final.

The Vikes face off with the Castaway Wanderers at home on Sept. 20 at 2:45 p.m. at Wallace Field.

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