Vikes can’t capitalize on big first half in loss to Ravens

UBC Old Boys Ravens
VICTORIA – The UVic Vikes men’s rugby team looked dominant early but couldn’t keep up the pace in the second half in a 43-27 loss to the UBC Old Boys Ravens at Wallace Field on March 18.

A depleted Vikes team, playing without many regulars due to UVic sending two teams to the Canadian University Seven’s Championship over the weekend, was still able to come out of the gates hard with multiple call ups making a positive impression.

“We are really happy with that,” said Vikes assistant coach John Buxcey. “I thought we had a very good first half and were on our way to a win but UBCOB battled hard and we weren’t able to withstand their pressure.”

Scoring the first 14 points of the game and leading 24-12 at the halftime whistle, the Vikes used a combination of a strong pack and some blistering speed to dominate the first half.

Lucas de Vries crossed the try line twice and Connor O’Neill added another but one of the Vikes biggest weapons offensively was Will Kelly in the kicking game.

Dealing with some blustery conditions Kelly went perfect on the day, nailing three conversions and two penalty goals, including one from just five yards inside the half line.

The second half was a different story however, the Ravens found their groove offensively while also holding possession of the ball for long stretches of time to keep the Vikes offence off the board.

The Ravens took their first lead of the game with 18 minutes left to play and scored twice more in the final five minutes of play to seal the victory.

“I thought our guys still played well and battled hard, there were just few unfortunate things (that happened in the second half),” said Buxcey.

1        2           F
UVIC        24       3          27
UBCOB   12       31        43

Lucas De Vries (2T), Connor O’Neill (1T), Will Kelly (3C, 2P)