Shutdown defence leads Vikes past James Bay

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VICTORIA – The UVic Vikes men’s rugby team picked up their first win of the 2017 CDI Premier League season with a 21-12 victory over James Bay AA at Wallace Field on February 4.

“Big time, I thought we were unlucky last week,” said Vikes head coach Doug Tate when asked about the importance of the win. “James Bay is a always a very good tackling team, and it was a very physical game.”

Two players provided the offence for UVic on the day. Third-year Vike Jonathan Lorimer scored two tries on a pair of scintillating runs, while Fergus Hall was consistent in the kicking game, knocking through three penalties and a conversion.

“Lorimer is a very dangerous runner and we have to get him the ball, sometimes we just starve him out there,” said Tate. “He’s strong on his feet, breaks tackles and he played very well today.”

While it was two players providing the scoring for the Vikes, on the defence side of things it was very much a team effort.

Allowing just twelve points, the Vikes were able to put a stop to any James Bay drive consistently throughout the game, especially when it mattered most in the second half.

“To keep them to 12 points and to not let them score in the second half was good, tactically we played pretty smart,” said Tate. “Midfield tackling was very good and the scrummaging from our forwards was strong.”

A back and forth affair throughout, it was the Vikes ability to dig in defensively on the edge of their try line that let them pick up the win.

“That game could have gone either way but we had some good goal line stands,” said Tate. “Their strength is a very good lineout and I thought we defended it well.”

The win was an important one for the Vikes, bumping them up to third in the CDI Premier League standings and also building some momentum as the team moves into the middle of their schedule still missing some important players.

“I’m very pleased with the defensive effort, it continues to get better,” said Tate. “With all the guys missing it was a very important win.”

The next Premier League game for the Vikes will take place on February 25, when they welcome the Vancouver Rowing Club to Wallace Field.

SCORING SUMMARY
1        2           F
UVIC        9       12         21
JBAA      12        0         12

SCORERS 
Jonathan Lorimer (2T), Fergus Hall (3P 1C)

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