By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team have advanced to the BC Rugby CDI Premier League finals after their semifinal win against the UBC Thunderbirds. An early scoring surge and strong defensive performance late in the game lifted the No. 2-seeded Vikes 25-20 over Capilano RFC in the league’s semifinal at Wallace Field on Apr. 25.
“We started off extremely strong and went up 20-0 at about the 25th minute mark,” described Vikes head coach Doug Tate, whose team had two tries from Luke McCloskey, and one each from Fergus Hall and Crosby Stewart.
The Caps finally squeezed out a try against the flow of play but that seemed to provide them the spark they needed to get going. The Vikes led 20-10 by half time.
Following the break the visitors scored again to bring the score to 20-17 in favour of the Vikes, but the home side pushed their lead to 25-17 with another try. The Caps replied with 10 minutes to go in the game but the Vikes’ defensive efforts were enough to secure the game at 25-20.
“It was a very physical game that saw us on defence in long stretches,” added Tate. “We now play UBC in the final since they beat Burnaby in the other semifinal.”
The Thunderbirds dropped Burnaby Lake by an impressive score line of 23-8 in the other semifinal that was played at UBC.
The ‘Birds and Vikes will clash on May 9 for the Rounsefell Cup and the CDI Premier League title. The game will take place at Klahanie Park, home of Capilano Rugby Club, in West Vancouver. The pre-determined location will host all the league’s final games include the Division 3 A and B men’s at 1 p.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively, as well as the women’s premier league final (11:30 a.m.) and Library Square Cup Final (1:00 p.m.).
The Vikes and Thunderbirds will play at 2:45 p.m.
SCORING SUMMARY (APR. 25)
Fergus Hall (1 Try, 1 Convert, 1 Penalty)
Luke McCloskey (2 Tries)
Crosby Stewart (1Try)