Prem Vikes Men’s Rugby Defeat Westshore With Five Try Second Half Effort

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November 17, 2018 Colwood, BC (ISN) - VIkes would run away with the game in the second half, scoring 5 trys - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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.

November 17, 2018 Colwood, BC (ISN) - VIkes comeback in effect as teammates congratulate Jonas Robinson for his efforts with the try. - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
November 17, 2018 Colwood, BC (ISN) – VIkes comeback in effect as teammates congratulate Jonas Robinson for his efforts with the try. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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.

November 17, 2018 Colwood, BC (ISN) - Westshore would score at will in the first half, putting up 22 points to lead UVic - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
November 17, 2018 Colwood, BC (ISN) – Westshore would score at will in the first half, putting up 22 points to lead UVic – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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.

November 17, 2018 Colwood, BC (ISN) - Aggressive running by Westshore would set UVic back in the first half - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
November 17, 2018 Colwood, BC (ISN) – Aggressive running by Westshore would set UVic back in the first half – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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.

November 17, 2018 Colwood, BC (ISN) - VIkes Ethan Hager was elusive running the wings for his side - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
November 17, 2018 Colwood, BC (ISN) – VIkes Ethan Hager was elusive running the wings for his side – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Westshore, taking advantage of Yue’s infraction, would quickly reply with a maul try to regain the lead 29-27.

November 17, 2018 Colwood, BC (ISN) - VIkes James O'Neil calls out from the back line - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
November 17, 2018 Colwood, BC (ISN) – VIkes James O’Neil calls out from the back line – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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.

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