The University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team has found their stride. On Saturday, Apr. 6 the Vikes concluded their 2018-19 BC Premier League schedule with their fifth consecutive win, taking down the visiting Seattle Saracens by a score of 83-25.
“Both teams appeared to be resting a few key players as neither of us could improve in the standings,” said Vikes head coach Doug Tate. “I was pleased with how some of our depth players were able to perform today. It gives us a lot of confidence in our full squad heading into the playoffs.”
During their five-game win streak, Victoria has a scoring average of 72 points per game. The Vikes will finish in fifth place and will either face the UBCOB Ravens or Castaway Wanderers in the quarterfinals on Apr. 20 on the road.
“Our graduating players have played a huge factor in our recent success,” added Tate. “They have embraced their role as leaders on this team and really appear to have the guys focused on the game in front of them but also the playoffs.”
With the captain Bowd on the bench to start the game in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs, Logan Martin-Feek got the start at fly half for the Vikes final game at Wallace Field. It took the second-year only four minutes to get the Vikes on the board against Seattle. Martin-Feek zipped a pass out to Mostyn Findlay who gave the ball back to Martin-Feek on a loop before beating two Seattle defenders for the games first try.
Just two minutes later fifth-year winger Kapi Vataiki’s pass to fell to the feet of fullback Brennig Prevost who kicked the ball ahead into the try zone and chased it down for the score. In the ninth minute the Saracens answered back, intercepting a pass and taking the ball down to the Vikes goal line before finally punching it in after a few phases.
Victoria got two tries from flanker Thomas Heuser and one from Ollie Nott to give them a 29-10 cushion at half time.
The scoring wouldn’t slow down in the second half. The Vikes scored eight tries in the second half for a total of 13 in the game. Prevost had an admirable game in the kicking department filling in for Bowd. The second-year slotted six of his 10 attempts, only missing the ones he was forced to kick from the sidelines.
Prevost also set up a pair of tries for Vataiki in the second half. On back-to-back what seemed like identical plays, Prevost received a kick at the Seattle 40-metre line, danced through the Seattle defenders before springing Vataiki free along the sidelines for the score.
Victoria will enjoy a bye week for the final weekend of action in the BC Premier League and will have to wait and see whom they will face on Apr.20 in the quarterfinals.
SCORERS: Brennig Prevost (1T, 6C), Thomas Heuser (2T), Kapi Vataiki (2T), Noah Bain (2T), Gradyn Bowd (3C), Logan Martin-Feek (1T), Ollie Nott (1T), Denver Fatt (1T), Crosby Stewart (1T), Jenner Teufel (1T), Ethan Hager (1T)