December 9, 2017 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Victoria’s UVic Vikes men’s rugby premier side finished the first half of the BC Rugby season on the right foot with a 27-17 win over the visiting Seattle Saracens Saturday afternoon at Wallace Field.
Vike’s third-year man Gradyn Bowd would pace his Vikes with a pair of converted trys and three penalty kicks to finish with a game-high, incredible twenty-two points to his credit in the win.
The 3-8 Vikes, looking to battle their way up the standings in the second half of the season for a potential playoff position, would impress in the win over the seventh place Saracen’s with a strong defensive effort that would see the Vikes keep the Seattle side off the scoreboard through the first fourty-nine minutes of play. Despite being down seventeen players due to injury and academic exams, Vikes would enjoy a 13-0 lead at the half over the Saracens.
Vike’s Ethan Hager would join Bowd on the score sheet early in the second half to increase UVic’s lead over Seattle 20-0.
The Saracens would find themselves deep in the Vikes end eight minutes into the second half, putting the ball down to put their first mark on the scoreboard 20-5.
Bowd would add his points total midway through the second half capping off a near full-field run by Brennig Prevost to plow the ball across the line with two tacklers on his back to score his second try of the game, pushing his team further ahead 27-5.
The Vikes, unable to keep control of the ball late, would allow the Seattle Saracens to make a game of it late with some inspired play, scoring two trys in the last three minutes of the game to make the score a more respectable 27-17 final.
The Vikes will now get an extended holiday break before resuming play against the second place, 8-3 UBC T-Birds on January 27th in Vancouver.