Recap and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
The UVic mens rugby squads took advantage of Westshore RFC Saturday, in the Westshore, sweeping the home side convincingly in double-header action featuring division one and elite team play.
UVic and Westshore went head to head in BC Rugby action at Westshore Recreation field Saturday afternoon – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Early in the season, one thing is clear. Westshore RFC’s mens division one and elite teams are powerful and punishing, however, in with todays’ advent of the sevens game spilling into fifteen’s play, it is evident that speed is a requirement to keep pace with the young and experienced Uvic Vikes sides.
Westshore would bring thier physicality to the game, but the Vikes proved too quick – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In the early game, the Westshore Ones would press the John Buxcey-coached UVic Norsemen late on 2 back-to-back trys by Westshore #23 (roster not available) but would come up short, dropping a 39-20 decision to the cross-town scholars. For Westshore, it is their second loss in as many games, while the Norsemen now enjoy a 3-game undefeated streak and a first place standing in their seven-team Times Cup division.
Running the wings seemed to be the game plan for the Vikes Norsemen making them hard to hold onto – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Westshore needed to get the ball out of the scrum quickly as a Norsemen player bares down from the blind side – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
UVic Vikes vs Valhallians
For the senior Vikes, the rugby sevens player experience was no more evident as UVic used the wings frequently to find the try line in a executing a 78-24 thrashing at the expense of the Valhallians in pursuit of the 2015 Barnard Cup.
Vikes coach Doug Tate, no stranger to the newly located Valhallians, would comment pre-game on their opponent, “They’re working hard to get to the next level, which is good for the league,” said Tate. “I really believe that room out there is a good one. We expect a hard game as usual – there are several former Vikes players in their ranks now and obviously that makes them a stronger team.”
Morgan Tate navigates his way out of the Westshore tackle with the ball – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Still stinging from last weekends 62-26 loss to the Castaway Wanderers in the first game of the season, the Valhallians would have trouble containing the blistering pace of winger Crosby Stewart and company, scoring two highlight reel tries in the first half, and denied a third in the same half with a try saving tackle by Westshore near the five metre line.
Crosby Stewart would help lead his team up field against the Valhallians, who would fall short on the defensive side of the ball – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Vikes would roll on to their second win in as many weeks to keep even with the Castaway Wanderers who kept pace with a 28-20 win over James Bay at Windsor Park.
The Vikes will meet head on with the Castaway Wanderers October 3rd to decide the early season, first place result.