Victoria, BC February 1, 2020 (ISN) – A strong second half of play for the UVic Vikes Men’s Premier side was not enough as the visiting Seattle Saracens narrowly defeated the home side 25-22 in a BC Rugby Union match Saturday afternoon at Wallace Field in Victoria, BC.
Both sides would come into the match looking to break the 6th/ 7thplace deadlock, both holding identical 4-5 records, with UVic holding the edge with a one-point lead.
The Saracens would fire on all cylinders through the first half of play, taking advantage of UVic turnovers to mount a 25-0 lead before the Vikes would dot the ball down late in the first frame to erase the doughnut with a 25-5 score.
Keeping their momentum from their late, first half try, the Vikes would stiffen up their defensive play to keep Seattle from scoring in the second half. The Vikes would score twice in the second half, their last try coming on a short, yet crushing run from Nick Carson to dive across the line, pulling UVic to within a try of taking the lead with fifteen minutes remaining in the game.
The Vikes would hold Seattle from a near try late in the game, turning over the ball for one last chance to steal the game away from the Saracens. Mid-field would be as far as the Seattle defense would let the Vikes get as time would expire, handing the Vikes the 25-22 loss.
With the loss the Vikes fall to 7thplace in the BC Rugby Union standings, while the Saracens, now .500 on the season, enjoy a two-point lead over UVic, good enough for 6thplace.
Next weekend UVic will host the fourth-ranked UBCOB Ravens, while Seattle will see the Westshore RFC travel south of the border to Starfire Field to take on the Saracens.