By Ardy Ramezani,
(ISN) – VICTORIA- The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team will travel to the North Shore to take on Capilano RFC on Nov. 8 at 2:45 p.m. Both teams are tied in CDI Premier League standings with 14 points and will look for a win to keep them in second place.
The Vikes have a 3-1 record in the and enter the game following a 35-13 home win against the UBCOB Ravens last week. The Capilanos also post a 3-1 record but had their three game win streak come to an end by current standing leaders the UBC Thunderbirds.
“The Capilanos are a pretty strong team that will put pressure on you and capitalize on your mistakes.” said Vikes men’s rugby assistant coach Rick Farrally. “We will try to keep our errors to a minimum and jump in on the opportunities.”
The Capilanos also have some Vikes connections and are familiar with the Vikes progam. Capilanos head coach Tom Larisch is a former Vike who played under the helm of current men’s rugby head coach Doug Tate during the 1998-99 Vikes championship win of the Canadian University Rugby Championships. Former Vike Nathan Yanagiya is also on the Capilanos roster and will face his former team.
“Our back row has been standing out and we’ve been getting a good game from the front,” added Farrally. “One year makes a big difference at the varsity level and our team is continuing to get stronger.”
Guiseppe du Toit leads the Vikes in scoring 27 points in three games (3 PK, 9 C), while Casey Cavers has tthree tried in four games played. Other top scorers for the Vikes include kicker Fergus Hall, MacBryan Bos, Crosby Stewart, Luke McClosky and Doug Fraser.
Kick-off is set for 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 8 at Klahanie Park in West Vancouver, BC.