Vikes rugby host Rowers, looking for fourth-straight win


by Elizabeth Chan, 

(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team will take on the Vancouver Rowing Club this weekend, Nov. 22, in a home game at Wallace Field with kick-off set for 2.30 p.m.

The Vikes are currently ranked second with a 5-1 record in the CDI Premier League standings after their Nov. 15 victory over a tenacious Burnaby Lake squad. This marked their third-straight win since their loss to the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver on Oct 25. The Vikes are just two points back of the T-Birds who lead with 24 points in the league.

Meanwhile, the Rowers hover near the bottom of the standings with a record of 1-3-1 despite mustering a win over the Castaway Wanderers in an away game on Nov. 8.

“The Vancouver Rowing Club has done a good job of adding a lot of new recruits to their rows,” said Doug Tate, Vikes men’s rugby head coach. “We lost to them once before, but we also beat them as well so our team will work hard on keeping the ball moving this weekend.”

The Rowers boast winger Brock Nicholson, known for his speed and aggression in breaking tackles. Denis Barnett has so far earned the Rowers three tries in six games played, while Henry Recinos leads the Rowers in scoring with 38 points (3PK, 10C).

For the Vikes, winger Crosby Stewart will be one to look out for in this weekend’s matchup. The five-foot-eight Victoria native has shown his effectiveness of speed and agility on the field thanks to his track background. He also scored the lone try for UVic in last weekend’s face-off against Burnaby Lake. Prop Casey Reed is also notable for adapting well to playing in various positions this season.

“Veteran Doug Fraser plays well both defensively and offensively,” added Tate. “He’s been steady for us in that regard. As for senior Dustin Dobravsky in the defensive row, he’s been under a lot of pressure lately but he’s been keeping it up.”