Vikes and Dinos once again on collision course for Canada West supremacy

UVic Vikes 3-0, Day 1 CW Rugby 7s Series Tournament #3

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VICTORIA – After a full day of frantic Canada West Rugby 7s Series action at Wallace Field in Victoria, B.C. two teams have separated themselves from the pack with perfect records on the first day of the season-ending tournament, taking place Feb. 24-25.

For fans of the series, the two names at the top come as no surprise as both the University of Victoria Vikes and the Calgary Dinos came to the fore, dominating their opponents en route to compiling records of 3-0.

Calgary, winners of the inaugural CW 7s Series last season, had their closest game of the day against their provincial rivals, the Alberta Pandas. The Dinos put up 15 points in the first half to secure the 20-7 victory before routing both the Fraser Valley Cascades (31-0) and the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack (48-0) to finish day one.

Victoria outscored their opponents by a combined tally of 117-7, as the hosts looked untouchable in victories over UBC Thunderbirds (29-7), Thompson Rivers (62-0) and Lethbridge Pronghorns (26-0).

A number of Vikes put up multiple tries on the day. Jess Neilson and Paige Farries scored three apiece, while Emily BelchosMcKenzie PuschJennifer Appleby and Kara Galbraith all scored two.

The Alberta Pandas proved to be the best of the rest in the first day of action, bouncing back from their loss against the Dinos to defeat Thompson Rivers (43-0) and UBC (27-5).

Both UBC and Lethbridge will enter the second day of the tournament with two losses to their name. UBC went 2-2, while the Pronghorns finished 1-2.

The two teams played what was the closest game of the day in a contest that went right down to the wire. UBC jumped out to an early 12-0 lead before a pair of Pronghorns tries on either side of the halftime whistle made the score 12-10 with just minutes left to play. T-Bird Shoshana Seumanutafa was able to put the game beyond reach late by scoring a try and a conversion to make the final score 19-10 in favour of the T-Birds.

UBC’s other victory came by the way of a 35-0 win over Fraser Valley. Lethbridge meanwhile, was able to regroup from their close loss to UBC and handle the Cascades 43-0.

Fraser Valley recorded their lone victory of the day in the very first game played, defeating the Thompson Rivers 43-0. For TRU, the results may not have shown on the scoreboard but the newest addition to the world of Canada West rugby made strides throughout the day and saved their best for last, putting together a long string of possession to end their final game of the day against Calgary.

The final day of action taking place tomorrow, Sunday Feb. 25, will not only name a winner of the Victoria leg of the series, but also crown the champion of the 2018 Canada West Rugby 7s Series.

Victoria will enter the day with one hand grasping the banner as their 20 points have them firmly in first-place in the series standings.

Calgary and Lethbridge sit second and third with 14 and 12 points respectively. Alberta, UBC and Fraser Valley hold down fourth through sixth, while the WolfPack are in seventh.

The conclusion to another great season of rugby will begin at 10 a.m., when UBC and Thompson Rivers take to the field and finish with the final game between UVic and Calgary scheduled for 2:50 p.m.

Saturday results

Game 3: UVic Vikes 29, UBC Thunderbirds 7
Scoring summary:
VIC: 15-14: 29
UBC: 0-7: 7
• VIC try – #10 Jess Neilson (convert missed) – 5-0
• VIC try – #5 Emily Belchos (convert missed) – 10-0
• VIC try – #5 Emily Belchos (convert missed) – 15-0
Half
• UBC try – #6 Madison Gold (#4 Brooke Bazian) – 15-7
• VIC try – #4 Paige Farries (#9 Kara Galbraith convert) – 22-7
• VIC try – #11 Ashah Payson (#9 Kara Galbraith convert) – 29-7

Game 6: UVic Vikes 62, Thompson Rivers WolfPack 0
Scoring summary:
VIC: 33-29: 62
TRU: 0-0: 0
• VIC try – #3 Chanelle Edwards-Challenger (#14 Sasha Guedes convert) – 7-0
• VIC try – #15 McKenzie Pusch (#14 Sasha Guedes convert) – 14-0
• VIC try – #1 Madison Aberg (#14 Sasha Guedes convert) – 21-0
• VIC try – #7 Jennifer Appleby (convert missed) – 26-0
• VIC try – #13 Renee Gonzales (#14 Sasha Guedes convert) – 33-0
Half
• VIC try – #10 Jess Neilson (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 40-0
• VIC try – #7 Jennifer Appleby (convert missed) – 45-0
• VIC try – #15 McKenzie Pusch (convert missed) – 50-0
• VIC try – #10 Jess Neilson (convert missed) – 55-0
• VIC try – #4 Paige Farries (#9 Kara Galbraith convert) – 62-0

Game 9: UVic Vikes 26, Lethbridge Pronghorns 0
Scoring summary:
VIC: 12-14: 26
LET: 0-0: 0
• VIC try – #12 Julia Folk (#9 Kara Galbraith convert) – 7-0
• VIC try – #9 Kara Galbraith (convert missed) – 12-0
Half
• VIC try – #4 Paige Farries (#9 Kara Galbraith convert) – 19-0
• VIC try – #9 Kara Galbraith (#9 Kara Galbraith convert) – 26-0

Tournament standings – Day 1
TEAM   WINS    LOSSES TIES      POINTS
VIC       3          0          0          12
CGY     3          0          0          12
ALB      2          1          0          9
UBC     2          2          0          10
LET      1          2          0          6
UFV      1          3          0          7
TRU      0          4          0          4
NOTE: Teams are awarded four points for a win, two points for a draw, and one point for a loss.

Sunday schedule
10:00 a.m. – UBC vs. TRU
10:25 a.m. – VIC vs. ALB
10:50 a.m. – CGY vs. LET
12:00 p.m. – VIC vs. UFV
12:25 p.m. – LET vs. ALB
12:50 p.m. – CGY vs. UBC
2:00 p.m. – TRU vs. LET
2:25 p.m. – ALB vs. UFV
2:50 p.m. – VIC vs. CGY

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