UVic Men’s Premier Rugby Outpaces Seattle With 83 Point Performance

UVic Vikes Look to Go Into Playoffs Well Rested

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April 6, 2019 Victoria, BC (ISN) - Graduating player scrum half Crosby Stewart shrugs off a high tackle - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

 

April 6, 2019   Victoria, BC ( ISN )  – In the words of Vikes head coach Doug Tate, “ Any time you score 80 points in a Premier game that’s a lot of points “, that’s exactly what UVic did Saturday afternoon at Wallace Field as they dismantled the visiting 7-8 Seattle Saracens 83-25 to finish the regular season 10-6 in BC Rugby Union’s Premier Division in dominating fashion.

April 6, 2019   Victoria, BC (ISN) - Ouch ! - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
April 6, 2019 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Ouch ! – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Vikes would score, and score often, doting the ball down thirteen times, eight of them in the second half alone. In a game that would have little impact in the playoff standings, the Vikes, despite sitting some of their veteran players to start the game, would offer little quarter in the victory.

April 6, 2019   Victoria, BC (ISN) - Vike's Head Coach Doug Tate on his team's play, " We are very fast team. Ball possession is everything for us."  - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
April 6, 2019 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Vike’s Head Coach Doug Tate on his team’s play, ” We are very fast team. Ball possession is everything for us.” – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

“The guys are playing some really good rugby right now. We started off rusty, but we have a very fast team and that is where our strength is right now,” Tate would explain.

The Vikes, on a tear of late, have left a trail of lopsided victories lately, amassing a 364 – 80 point differential over the last 5 games. Undefeated in those last five, albeit admittedly against some teams lower in the standings, the sixth place Saracens could have been said to be the litmus test as to what half of the standings ladder UVic belongs to sitting in fifth place going into the day’s match.

April 6, 2019   Victoria, BC (ISN) - Vike's Brennig Prevost uses his speed to break through the Saracen defense. Prevost would contribute a first half try for his side.  - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
April 6, 2019 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Vike’s Brennig Prevost uses his speed to break through the Saracen defense. Prevost would contribute a first half try for his side. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Despite a problematic first half passing the ball with consistency, the Vikes would prevail on a stronger defence to open a 29-10 lead at halftime. The Vikes would get first half scoring from Logan Martin-Feek, Brennig Prevost, Thomas Heuser and Ollie Nott.

April 6, 2019   Victoria, BC (ISN) Vike's graduating player, one of four, Ollie Not beats his would be tackler for a try - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
April 6, 2019 Victoria, BC (ISN) Vike’s graduating player, one of four, Ollie Not beats his would be tackler for a try – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Head Coach Doug Tate would recognize his team’s defensive play in recent matches. “ I think we are playing much better defensively than the first half of the season where we struggled a little bit, Tate would comment. “ I think that’s been the big change for us.” Defense has been a strong suit in UVic’s game of late, holding their opponents to an average of sixteen points per game over the last five games.

April 6, 2019   Victoria, BC (ISN) - UVic elevates over Seattle 83-25 in the final regular home game of the season - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
April 6, 2019 Victoria, BC (ISN) – UVic elevates over Seattle 83-25 in the final regular home game of the season – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Vikes, shifting gears in the second half, would out-pace the Saracens exploiting their defense ball possession and with a faster wing lineup that would dominate the pitch the last forty minutes of play.

April 6, 2019   Victoria, BC (ISN) - Vike's Thomas Heuser dives in for one of four UVic first half  trys - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
April 6, 2019 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Vike’s Thomas Heuser dives in for one of four UVic first half trys – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Veteran fifth-year winger Kapi Vataiki would seemingly be UVic’s catalyst to open the flood gates for the Vikes’ 54 point, second half scoring explosion with a pair of back to back corner tries in the fifty-four and fifty-fifth minutes of the game to take the wind out of Seattle. Winger Noah Bain would contribute a pair of trys as well for his Vikes team in the second half, and Jenner Tuefel and Ethan Hager would round out the scoring with single trys in the victory.

April 6, 2019   Victoria, BC (ISN) - UVic's' Kapi Vataik wold score two try in his final regular season as a Vikes player - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
April 6, 2019 Victoria, BC (ISN) – UVic’s’ Kapi Vataik wold score two try in his final regular season as a Vikes player – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The win marked the final home game for graduating players Kapi Vataiki, Crosby Stewart, Ollie Nott and Gradyn Bowd.

April 6, 2019   Victoria, BC (ISN) - Ever-dangerous in the open field Uvic's scrum half Crosby Stewart breaks through two Seattle tacklers - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
April 6, 2019 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Ever-dangerous in the open field Uvic’s scrum half Crosby Stewart breaks through two Seattle tacklers – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Vikes will finish in fifth place and will either play the UBCOB Ravens or the Castaway Wanderer’s in a first round playoff away game April 20th. . With a bye weekend on April 13th, Tate’s Vikes will look forward to an opportunity to rest their players in advance of  their quarterfinal showdown.