Two teams that are in the hunt for a berth in the BC Premier League playoffs will meet this weekend when the University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team crosses the border to play the Seattle Rugby Club in Bellingham, WA on March 31.
Winners of five-straight games, the Vikes have been one of the best teams in the league during their second half turnaround and now find themselves holding a playoff spot for the first time this season.
Kicking off at 2:30 p.m., the game will pit the 8-9 Vikes against a 7-11 Seattle team that is playing for their postseason lives.
With just three games left on their schedule the Vikes have 44 points, five clear of both James Bay and Seattle who are trying to pass the Vikes for the sixth and final playoff spot. Not only would a win this weekend give the Vikes a little breathing room from the teams behind them, but with the Capilanos ahead of them by just two points, fifth-place is definitely within reach for the surging team.
The contest is pretty much a must-win for Seattle. They have just two games left on their schedule and will need to win out and get some help from the teams above them if they are to qualify for the playoffs.
UVic defeated Seattle by a score of 27-17 in their final game before the winter break. Third-year Gradyn Bowd scored 22 points in the contest as the Vikes jumped out to an early 13-0 lead and never looked back.
Last Time Out
It was all Vikes all the time in their most recent action, a 71-20 victory over Westshore in which the Vikes led 40-3 at halftime. Brennig Prevost put up 21 points, Aidan McMullan 15 and five other Vikes crossed the try line in the victory.
Seattle meanwhile, allowed nearly 50 points in a 46-34 loss to the Castaway Wanderers last weekend.
By the Numbers
139: During their current winning streak the Vikes have outscored their opponents 253-114.
4: Across all competitions, the Vikes have scored 70 or more points four times.
545: The number of points the Vikes have scored in the Premier League, fourth-best in the league.
Vikes head coach Doug Tate
“Seattle is going to be tough, they are trying to make the playoffs. They are a big, physical team but if we play with speed they are going to have to chase us around.”
Saturday, Mar. 31 – 2:30 p.m. – at Seattle Rugby Club – Bellingham, WA
Seattle Rugby Club (7-11)
Premier League Standings: 8th
Bonus Points: 11
Streak: L 1