Vikes Claim Ian Stewart Challenge Trophy with Resounding 47-10 victory over JBAA at MacDonald Park
by Bernhard the Brewer
Under grey skies, with intermittent rain, and a cut-through-you wind blowing, the UVIC students, probably upset at the balance of their student loans and the realization that their degrees may well not be in high demand at graduation, claimed the Ian Stewart Challenge Trophy with a resounding 47-10 victory over JBAA at MacDonald Park.
The Vikes stormed out to a 19-0 lead twenty-five minutes into the match. The first try came in the fifth minute, as a result of the UVIC forwards turning the ball over deep in JBAA territory. Then picking and driving, and picking and driving some more, until scoring under the posts. At fourteen minutes, the UVIC number eight, picks from a scrum at his own forty, jaunting sixty yards to score under the JBAA posts. In the twenty-third minute, after continued pressure from JBAA on the UVIC five meter line, the ball is turned over, and a UVIC back races ninety-five meters to score in the corner.
Jim de Goede, at thirty-five minutes, makes a break, coming just short of the UVIC in-goal. Quick ball and a few phases later, the tireless Moe Abdelmonen scores in Coffin Corner. The end of half one sees the JBAA scrum winning a penalty or two, but their lineout just wasn’t on cue on the day. The end of the half sees a score of 19-5 UVIC.
The first five minutes of the second half sees a substantial increase in physicality from both sides. Teigan White, though, carrying on from where he left off last week, is binned in the sixth minute for pulling down the jumper in the lineout. Five minutes later, Mike Nieuwenhuysen lays out a UVIC back just a tiny bit late, and sees yellow. Now down to thirteen men, things take a turn immediately, as UVIC scores from the ensuing lineout.
With two players in the bin, JBAA manage to apply a considerable amount of pressure deep in UVIC territory, but, again, the Vikes turnover at the tackle. JBAA member Crosby Stewart, now playing for the Vikes while he completes what seems to be an eight year degree, takes off down the field, scoring under the JBAA posts. 33-5 UVIC.
The Vikes score again five minutes later under contentious circumstances. Regardless, the referee awards the try. Five minutes later, Jim de Goede, busy all day, scores from the base of the ruck after sustained JBAA pressure. UVIC score a final time seven minutes from time. Final score: 47-10 UVIC. They claim the Ian Stewart Challenge Trophy with a fifty-four point lead on aggregate.
In the Premier Reserve match, an already short-handed JBAA took an early 3-0 lead in the first minute. It would be their only points on the day, though, as the Norsemen ran out to an 85-3 victory. The game was, for all intents and purposes, over in the thirty-second minute when UVIC had to lend a player to injury-ridden JBAA (three players went down in the first half twenty minutes). It was nice to see JBAA head coach Sean White on the field at fullback for the second half, not missing a step. The JBAA number eight, James Graham, deserves mention for his tireless effort around the field. His intensity did not waver over the eighty minutes.
JBAA have a bye next week. Hopefully some of the fifteen-or-so injured Bays will be back in action in two weeks time.