“We played well up until half time. We had a very poor defensive effort in the second half and we didn’t play well tactically,” said Vikes head coach Doug Tate. “We were trying to protect the lead and we stopped playing.”
Castaway came out and established a lead early. An errant Vikes pass allowed the Wanderers to spring down the field and score the first try 12 minutes into the game.
The Vikes bounced back quickly however, and controlled play for the rest of the half.
Back-to-back penalties from duToit followed by two tries in five minutes from Lorimer gave the Vikes an 18-7 lead at half time.
While the Vikes struck first in the second half, through another successful duToit penalty, Castaway was the stronger team for the remainder of the game.
“We made some real bad tactical decisions,” said Tate. “We didn’t exploit them by putting balls behind them and instead we let them just keep moving forward at us.”
It looked like the Vikes may still be able to escape Centennial Stadium with a victory as they led 24-21 with five minutes left in the game but two quick tries right at the end gave Castaway the victory.
“We had a lot of unforced errors, but credit to Castaway because they deserved to win,” said Tate. “They picked it up a notch and we were just too passive.”
The Vikes are back in action on November 18 for a game against James Bay.
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UVIC 18 6 24
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