A pair of Island rivals will renew hostilities this weekend when the University of Vikes men’s rugby team hosts the Westshore Valhallians at Wallace Field on Saturday, March. 24.
Currently riding high on a four-game winning streak, the Vikes are one of the hottest teams in the B.C. Premier League and have reversed their fortunes with a strong second half after struggling during the fall portion of their schedule.
Taking place at 2:30 p.m., the game will pit the 7-9 Vikes against a Westshore team that holds a record of 5-11. Their current winning streak has moved the Vikes to 39 points on the year where they are tied with James Bay for the sixth and final playoff spot. There is no time for the Vikes to rest on their laurels however, with just four games left to play they are stuck in a log-jam of four teams separated by just three points all battling for just two playoff spots.
All the way back on Sept. 9, the Vikes were defeated by Westshore by a score of 24-20 in the first game of the Premier League Schedule.
Last Time Out
The Vikes were able to run their winning streak to four with a dominant performance against the ‘Lomas last weekend.
Second-year Vike Brennig Prevost scored 22 points by himself and six other Vikes added a try apiece as the team ran away to a 49-17 victory.
Westshore was bested in a high-scoring affair last weekend, losing 74-34 to Seattle.
By the Numbers
46: In the two games that the teams played last season, the Vikes beat Westshore by a combined score of 86-40.
48: Over the last three games Prevost has scored five tries, 20 conversions and 1 penalty goal, good for 48 points.
88: During their four-game winning streak, they Vikes have outscored their opponents 182-94.
Saturday, Mar. 24 – 2:30 p.m. – vs. Westshore – Wallace Field – TICKETS
Westshore Valhallians (5-11)
Premier League Standings: 9th
Bonus Points: 8
Streak: L 1