The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team will be hoping that their recent success will carry forward into this weekend when they make a trip to the Lower Mainland, to face the first-place UBC Old Boys Ravens at Jericho Park on Saturday, March. 3.
The Vikes, winners of two-straight games, have clawed their way back to a record of 5-9 on the season. The game this weekend, scheduled for 2:30 p.m., will see them take on a strong Ravens team that holds a record of 13-2.
Currently just five spots out of a playoff spot, the Vikes will need to continue their winning ways throughout the six remaining games on their BC Premier League schedule if they are to avoid missing out on the playoffs for the second year in a row.
UBCOB won the game these teams played earlier in the year by a score of 22-11. The Vikes had their chances in the game but couldn’t capitalize late in the contest despite keeping things close with one of the perennial powerhouses in the league.
Last Time Out
Winter weather forced a cancellation of the Vikes game last weekend that was set to take place in Bellingham, WA against the Seattle Rugby Club.
The team will be hoping that a week off to rest and recuperate will serve them in good stead ahead of a busy end to their season that will see them play six games in seven weeks,
UBCOB haven’t lost since Dec. 2. The Ravens also had last weekend off and won a close 15-10 game against Westshore in their last Premier League action.
By the Numbers
97: The Vikes offence has come alive of late, the team has scored 97 points in their last two games combined.
206: The Ravens enter the weekend having allowed the fewest points of any team in the BC Premier League.
Doug Tate, Vikes head coach
On the play of the Ravens:
“They have lots of speed, and some really good players but mostly they’ve just been consistent throughout the year. They’ve had a lot of close games and they’ve been able to win those close games.”
“They are the team to beat in the league right now, so it will be a good test for our guys.”
On what his team needs to continue to do well:
“We have to play the way we did against Burnaby. We need to keep the ball in our hands and not make any unforced errors.”
Saturday, Mar. 3 – 2:30 p.m. – at UBC Old Boys Ravens – Jericho Park
UBC Old Boys Ravens (13-2)
Premier League Standings: 1st
Bonus Points: 9
Streak: W 5