Victoria, BC (ISN) – The UVic Vikes Premier Division squad came out with an impressive second half performance and defeated visiting third place Capilano 45-7 at Wallace Field Saturday afternoon.
Vikes Doug Fraser attracts the attention of three Capilano players trying to bring him down – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Vikes squad, after last weekend’s 24-24 draw with last place Castaway Wanderers, appeared to look for a statement in the bounce back win against a normally strong Caps side. Although Capilano came to the island missing key players, Vikes were not to make the same mistake twice assuming an assured win against a hobbled or lesser-ranked opponent.
When asked about any adjustment made in their game after last weekends’ performance against CW assistant coach Rick Farrally would comment, “ the only adjustment was in the head. We went in to that game thinking that we could just play the game, and they shut us down. They wanted to make a point and they did, and played well and we played poorly. Our heads weren’t in the right place”.
Doug Fraser was in his own “beast mode” with some great running and punishing tackles – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Both teams would trade field position much of the first half. Capilano given the opportunity, took field advantage with a near try score only to be turned aside in their attempt by a stiff Vikes defense and an opportunistic penalty that turned the ball in the Vikes favour. UVic would frustrate Capilano in the possession of the ball in the scrum play, pushing back and turning the scrum in the half on a handful of occasions to take back ball possession and turn up field.
It would take the first half of play, but the Vikes would eventually find thier legs and put up 38 points in the last half of the game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
UVic would eventually find the try line for the score on a dropped Caps ball that would bounce fortuitously into the hands of Connor Liewellyn for a clear path to the sticks to go up 7-0. Caps would have a chance to put point on the board late with a penalty kick by Chris Robinson. That opportunity would go wide and into the hands of Vikes Crosby Stewart who would promptly kick it out of touch to end the half.
Despite the continued turnovers, Capilano would find magic early in the second half, knotting the score at 7-7 on a try by Tom Turner after a brilliant run away from the scrum by Chris Robinson, turning the corner to distribute the ball with UVic out of position.
Caps Chris Robinson wouldn’t get far trying to run through Vikes #10 Connor Llewellyn – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
That would be the last points that Capilano would see, as UVic would find the scoring touch that has seen the university team best their opponents by a +55 point margin so far this season. UVic, not looking to make any friends on the field, would have their way with the mainland visitors. Finding room on the wings, UVic would explode for 38 unanswered points in the final 30 minutes of play to hand Capilano RFC their fifth loss (8-5-0) of the late season.
“The Caps are the best team in the league defensively. They have the fewest points scored against them. We went into this game wanting to go to the outside and we did. We just wore them down, and they (Capilano) just ran out of gas”, assistant head coach Farrally would explain when asked about the slow start and big finish.
UVic players Connor Liewellyn (1 try), Dustin Dobravsky (3 tries), Macbryan Bos (1 try), and Kane Wyat (1 try) would all tally in the second half outburst. Fergus Hall would make good on five converts to round our scoring. Liewellyn would finish the came with two tries.
With the win, the UVic Vikes take home field advantage to the playoffs with one regular season, away game remaining.