November 18th, 2018 Colwood, BC (ISN) – The UVic Vikes Men’s Premier Rugby side would erupt for four unanswered, second half trys to storm back to a 32-29 win over Westshore RFC Saturday afternoon at Juan De Fuca Field.
With the win, the now sixth-place Vikes, preparing for a university national championship bid this coming week, improve to 3-4 in the BC Rugby Union Premiership. Westshore holds down the ninth position in the standings with a 2-3 record.
Westshore would rock UVic in the first half of play, closing out their first half of play with a penalty try to post a 22-5, first half performance, seemingly with game in hand.
The Vikes, under acting head coach Rick Farrally would make some favorable roster adjustments in the second half, including the insertion of Crosby Stewart at scrum half to illicit a faster pace on the ball. That pace would result in the Vikes scoring four unanswered trys to take a 27-22 lead. Vike’s Nathan Yue, rewarded for his go ahead try would later be summoned to the sin bin for a ten minute penalty.
Westshore, taking advantage of Yue’s infraction, would quickly reply with a maul try to regain the lead 29-27.
Moving the ball out the line with speed, UVic’s James O’Neill would score his side’s 5th try of the game, with what would also end as the winning try with a contested stab across the line with ball to cap the come from behind victory.