Final 20 minutes cost Vikes high-scoring contest across the border

Vikes Mens Rugby
VICTORIA – A lengthy trip to Seattle didn’t end with the result the UVic Vikes men’s rugby team would have liked, as they fell 45-32 to the Seattle Saracens on March 25.

“It was a long day which started at 5:25 a.m., ended at 11:15 p.m. and in between the team played 80 minutes of very physical rugby, took two bus rides and a ferry trip,” said Vikes head coach Doug Tate.

The Vikes led the game going into the final stages of the second half but couldn’t hold on to their advantage in the face of a relentless Saracens offence.

Macbryan Bos was dominant in the middle of the field; recording two tries on the day. James O’Neill and Jesse Burns each added a try of their own while Fergus Hall was accurate in the kicking game, putting through three conversions and two penalties.

The tries were the result of some strong team play according to Vikes assistant coach Rick Farrally, who was pleased with the way the backs were dangerous out wide after receiving some good passes from the forwards.

A point of emphasis for the team leading into the day was how they would deal with a very physical Seattle team and despite surrendering 45 points, the coaches thought that the Vikes did well to contain the larger Saracens.

The loss hampers the Vikes chances at earning a playoff spot in the BC Premier League. Only the top six teams at the end of the regular season will qualify for a shot at claiming the title and the Vikes currently sit in seventh place with just one game left to play.

“I thought we played very well today and it was a better team performance overall,” said Tate. “It was certainly frustrating for our players to lose this game.”

UVIC        32
SEA         45

Macbryan Bos (2T), James O’Neill (1T), Jesse Burns (1T), Fergus Hall (3C, 2P)