Braedan Willis, University of Victoria Communications
The Castaway Wanderers were awarded a penalty try in the 77thminute to claim victory over the University of Victoria Vikes by a final score of 12-7 in a thrilling match under the lights at Centennial Stadium on Nov. 9.
The victory keeps the Castaway Wanderers undefeated on the season, improving to 5-0. The loss drops the Vikes to 2-4 in the B.C. Premier league standings.
“It was a tough and physical game tonight,” said Vikes head coach Doug Tate. ” We definitely did enough to keep ourselves in that game but some unfortunate injuries caused our scrum and other set pieces to fall apart at the end.”
The tension was high between the Vikes and Wanderers as a total of five yellow cards were handed out in the match.
“There were a lot of penalties for both sides tonight,” added Tate. “We took a lot ourselves which meant we struggled to keep possession of the ball.”
The home side took the lead in the 31stminute after the Wanderers had scored first in the 24th. Crosby Stewart picked the ball out from a ruck, found a hole and scored under the posts to give Gradyn Bowd the easy conversion attempt.
The two sides played relentless defensive for the remainder of the game but knock ons from both teams kept the game at a score of 7-5 in favour of the Vikes until the late stages of the game.
The Wanderers put together several phases just out side the Vikes try line but Victoria forced a turnover in the 58thminute to relieve the pressure. Moment’s later, Castaway back Jonny Morris found a hole but was caught just in time with a shoe string tackle made by a Vike defender 10 metres out from the Victoria goal line.
Gui Costa was sent off the field after taking a yellow card in the 74thminute and the ball was once again metres out from the Vikes goal line. However, a Castaway knock on gave the Vikes a chance to kick themselves out of danger in the 75thminute. Two minutes later the Wanderers forced what turned out to be the game-winning penalty try of a scrum deep in Vike territory.
Down a man, Victoria drove the field in extra time to put themselves inside the Castaway 10 metre line threatening to score but the Wanderers gained possession of the ball and kicked into touch to secure the 12-7 victory.
The Vikes have one final match at Juan de Fuca Park against the Westshore Valhallians next Saturday on Nov. 17 before they turn their focus on the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championships hosted by the Vikes at Centennial Stadium and Wallace Field on Nov. 21-25.
1st 2nd F
VIC: 7 0 7
CW: 5 7 12