VICTORIA – The UVic Vikes men’s rugby team travels back to Vancouver this weekend, in search of their first win of the young B.C Premier League season in a game against Capilano RFC on January 28.
“Capilanos don’t give up and are a very physical team, they are pretty well balanced and have lots of young guys so they will be fit,” said Vikes head coach Doug Tate. “We expect a tough game.”
With a season stretching from last weekend to the middle of April, the Premier League is comprised of the top Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland men’s club teams, as well as a team from Seattle.
The Vikes won a tight contest in the only game they played against the Capilanos last season, a 32-20 victory at Wallace Field. 15 unanswered points led the Vikes to victory after they trailed early in the second half.
Last Time Out
The Vikes didn’t get their B.C. Premier League campaign off to the winning start they would have liked, losing their opening game 51-14 to the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in Vancouver last weekend.
“It was within reach and then we let a real long one get by us with missed tackles,” said Vikes head coach Doug Tate. “It was a poor performance.”
This will be the first game of the B.C. Premier League season for the Capilanos. They finished 3-4 and in fifth place of the Lower Mainland Premier League in the fall.
With their last game action coming all the way back on November 12, the opportunity exists for the Vikes to catch the Capilanos as they are still shaking off the rust.
“It’s their first game back after a long break and sometimes it can take a while to get going, so hopefully we can take advantage of that,” said Tate.
By the Numbers
5: The Vikes have won five of their last six meetings with the Capilanos.
4: The number of Vikes that scored a try the last time these teams played.
Doug Tate, Vikes head coach
“The league is strong and full of physical teams. We play three of the top teams right off the start so we have to get through this stretch.”
On the game last week against UBC
“We just didn’t play well defensively, took a lot of penalties and we never really got on track.”
Saturday, Jan. 28 – 2:30 p.m. – @ Capilano RFC, Klahanie Park Vancouver, B.C.