VICTORIA – The UVic Vikes men’s rugby team will try to begin the arduous process of climbing their way back into the BC Premier Leauge playoff race this weekend, when they host the Nanaimo Hornets at Wallace Field.
The game, scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start, will pit two teams that badly need to string together some victories in the form of the 3-9 Vikes and the 2-11 Hornets. With only the top six teams in the league qualifying for the playoffs, the Vikes are currently 12 points out of the playoffs with eight games left on their schedule.
The Vikes dominated the previous match these teams played earlier this season, outscoring the Hornets 28-8 in the second half en route to the 51-37 victory.
Last Time Out
A difficult battle with the UBC T-Birds last weekend saw the Vikes not rewarded despite playing some of their best rugby of the season. They were in front of the league-leading T-Birds by a score of 20-3 in the second half, but conceded a try in the final seconds of the game to make the final score 22-20 in favour of UBC.
Nanaimo meanwhile, started the second half of their season off on the right foot after they picked up their second win of the year by a score of 39-29 over Seattle.
By the Numbers
7: The number of different players that scored a try in the Vikes victory over Nanaimo earlier this season.
570: The number of points Nanaimo has allowed so far this season, 106 more than any other team in the league.
Doug Tate, Vikes head coach
On the game against UBC
“We played really well, it came down to the last play of the game. We shouldn’t lose after leading 20-3 but that’s the way it goes some times. Overall though, it was a very positive game and I hope we can take some things from it.”
“Nanaimo is not going to be easy, they beat Seattle last week.They are consistently scoring a lot of points, obviously have a strong offence. They have some defensive issues, but with the weather the way that it has been that could be an equalizer out there.”
“We are in must-win situations now and we will also need some help from the teams above us. We are going to have to knock some good teams off and we can’t afford to lose close games anymore.”
Saturday, Feb. 3 – 2:30 p.m. – vs. Nanaimo Hornets – Wallace Field
Premier League Standings: 11th
Bonus Points: 3
Streak: W 1