VICTORIA – Oliver Nott scored three tries and Guiseppe du Toit added two converts, a try and a penalty to help the University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team take down James Bay by a score of 42-7 at Centennial Stadium Friday night.
Victoria scored early and often in the victory, proving persistent against the Island Premier Division’s top team. James Bay entered undefeated with a 6-0-1 record but couldn’t hold down the third-place Vikes, thanks in large part to some missing pieces.
“We’ve been playing well– we’ve just had some little letdowns and we had a few in the first half tonight but other teams have been scoring on those,” said Vikes head coach Doug Tate. “They were missing some players tonight but I thought we exploited those guys well.
“There were some nice tries in there. I thought our guys cleared the zone really well and had some turnovers that were important.”
The last time the two teams met the game was coined the “Mud Bowl,” with persistent rain causing rough conditions at McDonald Park. That game saw the Vikes walk away with a 10-10 tie against a team that wasn’t used to giving away points in 2016.
“The mud bowl was very, very difficult for anyone to even stand up,” said Tate. “This was much more our style.”
The two teams traded tries early before the Vikes broke out. After James Bay’s Nate Tough scored a try and Elliott Mitrou made a convert to make it 7-5, it was all Vikes from there. du Toit added a try and a convert in the half while Nott had his first try of the night to send it to the second at 17-7.
In the latter half, Victoria limited their turnovers and began to push the pace. Lucas Hammond got the scoring going early in the half, followed by a penalty goal from du Toit and tries from Nott and Liam Chisholm. Nott closed out the evening with his final try in the dying minutes to bring the score to 42-17.
du Toit’s excellent night came less than five days after he was named Vikes Male Athlete of the Week on the strength of a 14 point night against the Castaway Wanderers on Saturday. Overall, Tate has been pleased with the fourth year’s ability to adapt.
“He’s playing well – he’s not a fullback, he doesn’t play a lot of fullback so he’s gone out of his way,” said Tate. “I just kind of tried him there on a whim and I thought he put in some real good kicks later, especially in the second half. At the end of the day I thought we played pretty well.”
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UVIC 17 25 42
JBAA 7 0 7