Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn
October 31,2015 Colwood, B.C. (ISN) – The UVic Vikes men’s rugby elite division continued their winning ways Saturday afternoon, handily beating their Norse brethren Valhallians of Westshore RFC 38 -15 to remain undefeated so far this season in their quest for the Barnard Cup.
UVic Vikes dominated the Westshore RFC Valhallians for their 6th straight win and an undefeated record. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Vikes, with the win, continued their dominance of the Vancouver Island Elite league with a 6-0 record against the cellar dwelling 0-6 Valhallians.
The Vike’s assistant head coach Rick Farrally predicted a tougher stand from the Westshore team after last weekends win over the Castaway Wanderers, but didn’t plan on competing against a blustery, wet weather system blowing through as well during Saturday’s match. Rain and wind pounded both squads, making ball play and running the field difficult especially in the first half.
The Valhallians found it hard to find any field to gain as the Vikes defense woul dhld them to only 5 point in the second half – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
“The weather was a massive factor in today’s game,” commented Vikes men’s rugby assistant coach Rick Farrally. “It really forced us to switch around our game plan because it made it difficult for us to get our running game going. I thought Luke Bradley, Grady Bowd, Morgan Tate and Kevin Leask had terrific games for us today. It was a great performance by our side.”
Oliver Nott splits the Valhallians defense with a little help of the “Jordan – esk” tongue – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Westshore would relish in their first and only lead in the game early in the first half with the game’s first try, following up after Vikes Guiseppe du Toit marked the board for his team on a penalty kick to open the scoring for both sides.
Guiseppe du Toit kicks the first points of the game. du Toit would finish with a try, one convert, and two penalty kicks – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Vikes would take a narrow 17-10 lead into the locker room at the end of the first half. The Vikes, having second half scoring difficulties last weekend, had no problem finding the try-line in the second half of this weekends test. The Vikes, with the pedal down, would outscore the Valhallians 21-5, bolstered by impressive defensive play to help keep the aspiring Westshore team from any resemblance of a comeback bid.
Vikes defense shuts down Westshore efforts at a try in the second half – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Vikes Bradley, Tate, Nott, Chapman, and Leask all scored tries in support of Guiseppe du Toit’s complete game effort, scoring a try, a convert, and two penalty kicks to lead all scorers.
Vikes will finish their 3 game away stint November 7th against James Bay – Erich Eichhor image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Vikes will return home after a visit to James Bay November 7th , finishing a three game local “road trip”, surely longing for their home turf.