Vikes Edged by Reigning BC Champs Ravens
from UVic Vikes Rugby
VICTORIA- Coming off a dominate victory last weekend over the Capilano RFC, the University of Victoria Vikes men's rugby team came up short against the defending BC premier league champions, the UBCOB Ravens, losing by a score of 34-21 at Wallace Field. The Vikes and Ravens traded tries to begin the match but the stingy Ravens defence held the Vikes to just seven points in the second half.
"We allowed them to dominate us defensively today," said Victoria head coach Doug Tate, currently in his 25th season leading the Vikes.
Victoria once again sees their record fall below the .500 mark and now sit at 5-6 in the standings but still maintain their position in fifth place, two spots above the playoff line.
"Too many unforced errors by our team today gave them the match," added Tate. "When you take 16 penalties in a game you aren't giving yourself much time with the ball. Obviously you need possession if you want to score points and when you take the amount of penalties and turn the ball over as much as we did that's the result that you're going to come away with."
The Ravens improve their record to 8-3 and seem to be finding their championship form once again after an inconsistent start to their season.
Ravens Fullback Aaron McLelland carved up the Vikes defence to score two tries in the first half. McLelland is currently signed with the newly formed MLR team, the Toronto Arrows, and has been one of the leagues biggest offensive threats the last few seasons.
"We needed to do a better job controlling a few of their key players, we knew McLelland is skilled with the ball in hand but we still let him cut us up for a couple scores early in the game," commented Tate.
The Ravens opened the scoring early with a try just three minutes into the game to take a 7-0 lead. However just a few minutes later, fly half Gradyn Bowd hit fullback Brennig Prevost with a skip pass out to the sideline just inside the 22-metre line and Prevost dashed over the line for the Vikes first score to tie the game at 7-7.
The Ravens once again took a seven-point lead after McLelland scored his second try of the game at the mid way mark of the first half. Victoria answered back when first-year No.8 Nick Carson plunged over the goal line finishing off a sequence phases a few metres out from the Ravens end goal. The UBC Old Boy's drove down the field before the half was complete and powered their way over the try line to take the 21-14 edge over the Vikes at the break.
Crosby Stewart scored the lone try for the home side in the second half. Stewart opted for a quick tap penalty in his own end and a few passes later the scrum half finished off the scoring play himself. One more try and a pair of penalty kicks gave the Ravens the points they needed to close out the match.
The Vikes will now enjoy an extended break and will resume action Mar. 2 on the road against the Vancouver Rowing Club.
1st 2nd F
VIC: 14 7 21
UBCOB: 21 13 34
SCORERS: Gradyn Bowd (3C), Brennig Prevost (1T), Nicholas Carson (1T), Crosby Stewart (1T)