VICTORIA- The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team started off the B.C. Premiership league season with a loss to the Castaway Wanderers by a score of 36-14 at Windsor Park. The Vikes came into the game with a 1-0 record after a victory over Westshore last weekend at home.
The Vikes found themselves in a tightly contested match at halftime, trailing by a score of 14-7. The Wanderers broke away in the second half with a 22-point performance.
“I thought we played pretty well,” noted Vikes head coach Doug Tate. “We managed to put them under a lot of pressure in the first half but just couldn’t capitalize on a few of our opportunities.”
Vikes winger Crosby Stewart opened the scoring for his team mid way through the first half.
“It was a great individual effort by Crosby,” added Tate. “His score really helped us but the pressure on CW.”
Tate referenced the Vikes’ inability to secure the ball around the breakdown as one of the reasons why the Wanderers were able to put up 22 points in the second half.
“We lost the ball five or six times in our own rucks, giving the Wanderers too many opportunities to score off our turnovers,” described tate.
The Wanderers had a star-studded line-up that was filled with notable Canadian national team players and several former Vikes including Luke McCloskey, Pat Kay, Isaac Kay, Doug Fraser, James Pitblado and Nathan Stewart.
“In the second half we were kicking the ball away too much and gave their talented runners too much room to move with the ball,” added Tate.
Ollie Nott scored the lone try for the Vikes in the second half. Fly-half Gradyn Bowd was successful on both of his convert attempts in the match leaving the final score 36-14 in favour of the Wanderers.
The Vikes will look to bounce back next weekend as they will return home to face James Bay on Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m.
1st 2nd F
VIC: 7 7 14
CW: 14 22 36