Wightman Boot Series - 2019-2020

October 12 2019

National University Rugby Championship

UBC Win Game One of Wightman Boot and Qualify as West #1 for National University Championships

[ed. photo gallery from the match can be found here.]

from UVic Media - Tyler Lowey

UBC 28 - UVic 22

VICTORIA – Down 20-3 at half against a solid opponent, it would have been easy for the University of Victoria Vikes to fold the tent.

Instead, they battled. Led by their defence, the Vikes had the ball in their hand down the stretch in a one-score game against the visiting University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

"That was a hard-hitting, physical game. Those guys came out pretty aggressively today and tackled us well. I like the way we hung in there and wore them down in the end. Who knows? If we get a score just before half, maybe this is an entirely different ball game," said Vikes Head Coach Doug Tate.

The T-birds rode an early outburst and sputtered across the finish line with a 28-22 decision over the Vikes on Friday afternoon at Wallace Field.

The visiting unit jumped out to an early 10-0 10 minutes in off a Jack Scher penalty goal and one of John Jubenvill's two tries on the day.

Jenner Teufel got in on the penalty goal frenzy in the 12th minute, but the Thunderbirds added another of their own to keep the Vikes at an arm's distance apart, 13-3.

Jubenvill cleanly intercepted a pass in his own zone and ran in untouched for the try in the 19th minute, which gave the T-birds their 20-3 lead at the break. It marked the second week in a row the Vikes coughed up an interception which immediately led to points.

"We had good scrums this afternoon and we were right in this game. I liked how our guys came out in the second half and I thought our fitness outlasted theirs and I thought we wore them down," said Tate.

Following Callum Botchar's try for the Thunderbirds, the Vikes made their run.

On the ensuing kick, the Vikes won a scrum and worked the ball up the left wing for the speedy Liam Mahon for his first of two tries on the day.

Again with th ball in the 54th minute, Jarvis Dash used a great juke step to create a massive gap. Once his momentum halted, he shoveled it off to Liam Morrision, who continued to drive down the field. The ball eventually worked its way over to the other sideline where Gavin Kratz recorded the try for the second week in a row.

Scher's third penalty goal of the match gave the Thunderbirds a little more breathing room in with 20 minutes to play, but despite a couple great rushes, the Vikes couldn't get any closer.

"I can't be mad at this result. We fought hard against a really good team and held them in check," said Tate.

With the loss, the Vikes drop to 2-0-3 on the season while the Thunderbirds improve to 3-0-1 and earned valuable points in the Legends Cup and The Boot Battle.

UBC @ UVic Round One of Wightman Boot Series on Friday: Also Western Canada Qualifier for National University Championships

Friday's match (2:30 pm kickoff) at UVic's Wallace Field has several implications. It's a BC Premier match, it's the first game of the Wightman Boot series and it's also the Western Qualifier for the National University Championships. The National University Championships are being held in Montreal this year in November (20th to 24th) at Concordia University. UBC have won the national university title the last two years after the competition was started with Canadian Rugby Foundation funding.

In the BC Premier the teams are tied at 10 points each in the middle of the pack, UBC with a 2-1 record and UVic with a 2-2 record.

In the Wightman Boot series, UBC have dominated in recent years after reclaiming the title in 2013-14. Previous to that UVic had a run of 16 straight titles. The history of the Wightman Boot is appended below, written by Mike Tucker the UVic Communication person at the time. It was written during the 2010-2011 season when UVic were on their 13th consecutive title. Since the 2013-14 season UBC are on a roll of their own, by our account the series since 1967 sits at UVic 27 titles and UBC 19 titles.

The game also will serve as the Western Canadian qualifier for the National University Championships. The winner of the match will go to Montreal in November as West #1, the loser will have to play matches against university sides from BC and Alberta to determine West #2. At the time of writing that process is TBD.

There's another angle to the story, this will be the last year for the UVic coaching team of Doug Tate and Rick Farrally, perhaps extra motivation for the home side in round one.

UBC are coming off an upset win over two time Premier champions UBCOB Ravens. UVic were blown apart by the Pacific Pride in a second half lapse by the home side. Will the Vikes be able to go the full 80 this week? They have James O'Neill back which will up their game, Thomas Di Fiore who covered for O'Neill at #6 last match is back at hooker. He was the Vikes best player in their loss to the Pride.

It should be an entertaining match, kickoff is 2:30pm with the Reserves kicking off at 1pm.

1. Spencer Cooper Prop St. George’s School
2. Thomas Di Fiore Hooker Brentwood Secondary
3. Gavin Kratz Prop Oak Bay Secondary School
4. Nick Pearce Lock Argyle Secondary
5. Ben Newhook Lock Gonzaga High School
6. James O’Neill Flanker Shawnigan Lake School
7. Tom Heuser Flanker Sardis Secondary
8. Nicholas Carson Number 8 Oak Bay Secondary
9. Jenner Teufel Scrum Half Shawnigan Lake School
10. Logan Martin-Feek Fly Half Claremont Secondary
11. Liam Mahon Wing West Vancouver Secondary School
12. Mostyn Findlay Centre Shawnigan Lake School
13. Lockie Kratz Centre Oak Bay Secondary
14. Ethan Hager Wing Brantford Collegiate Institute
15. Liam Morrison Wing Earl Marriott Secondary School
16. Tyler Wong Hook Carson Graham Secondary School
18. Denver Fatt Prop St. GeorgesSchool
19. Carter White Hooker Oak Bay Secondary
20. Nat Dring Lock Sullivan Heights Secondary
21. Jarvis Dashkewytch Wing Lambrick Park Secondary School
22. Nicki Mouret Fly Half Shawnigan Lake School
23. Callum Masterton Flanker Oak Bay Secondary School


1. Nicholas Frost
2. Connor Sampson
3. Conor O'Flaherty
4. Frank Carson
5. Liam Doll
6. Donald Carson
7. Callum Botchar
8. Nicholas Allen
9. Maxwell Radcliffe
10. Jack Scher
11. Evan Norris
12. Michael Smith
13. John Jubenvill
14. Elias Ergas
15. Sam Hughes
16. Sam Turner
17. Owain Ruttan
18. Bryce Worden
19. David Carson
20. Daniel Archer
21. Connor Byron
22. Matthew Percillier
23. Fraser Hurst

The Wightman Boot Competition (written during 2010-2011 season)

The Competition goes simply by the name "The Boot" as it is inscribed on the trophy - but often referred to as the:

"Wightman Boot” - named after the late Brian Wightman, who was a former England player who coached at UBC from 1964 – 1967. He went on to become a development officer in the Fijian Islands, with a home base in New Zealand. Famous for going on tour with one shirt, one pair of pants, one tie, one pair of underwear and one pair of socks. He would wash them every night and
wear them again the next day.

The Wightman boot is the annual competition between UBC and UVic although for strange reasons UBC played it once against SFU and Stanford - most likely because the late Donn Spence (my old coach at UBC) was mad at UVic.

The trophy itself is Brian Wightman’s Boot, which was stolen by the players and bronzed. Whoever wins the two game total point series retains and keeps the boot. Currently UVic has won the boot ten times in a row. Although you may not know it the UVic Vikings Alumni and UBC Thunderbird Alumni are very aware of the importance of this trophy and many of their representative selections were based on games played between UBC and UVic. They follow it closely and they are very proud of all the wins the past and present have attained. Much of the earlier work was done by Dr. Dave Docherty and Dr. Bruce Howe, who did an outstanding job in the 80’s and early 90’s to create a winning program.

Recently, the competition has been copied by Oak Bay High Secondary School and St. Michael’s University School, who each year now play for a similar boot trophy.

So here is the record ...

1967-68 UBC 18 SFU 6

1970 - 71 UBC 22 UVIC 6

1971 - 72 UBC 38 UVIC 7

1972 - 73 UBC 42 UVIC 18

1973-74 UBC 4 UVIC 0

1974-75 UBC 17 UVIC 6

1975-76 UBC 15 UVIC 6

1976-77 UBC 16 UVIC 3

1977-78 UBC 33 UVIC 12

1978-79 UBC 47 STANFORD 0

1979-80 UBC 29 UVIC 9 1980-81 UBC 13 UVIC 9

1981-82 UVIC 9 UBC 6

1982-83 UBC 37 UVIC 12

1984-85 UVIC 16 UBC 12

1985-86 UVIC 17 UBC 3

1986-87 UBC 17 UVIC 10

1987-88 UVIC 25 UBC 22

1988-89 UVIC 21 UBC 19

1989-90 UVIC 28 UBC 6

1990-91 UBC 25 UVIC 22

1991-92 UVIC 32 UBC 6

1992-93 UVIC 22 UBC 5

1993-94 UVIC 22 UBC 18

1994-95 UVIC 25 UBC 25

1995-96 UVIC 32 UBC 27

Note: After 1996 we went to a 2 game total point format.

1996-97 UBC 64 UVIC 49 (2 Wins for UBC)

1997-1998 UVIC 89 UBC 28 (2 Wins for UVic)

1998-1999 UVIC 44 UBC 36 (2 Wins for UVic)

1999-2000 UVIC 67 UBC 20 (2 Wins for UVIc)

2000-2001 UVIC 98 UBC 28 (2 Wins for UVIc)

2001-2002 UVIC 64 UBC 32 (2 Wins for UVic)

2002-2003 UVIC 36 UBC 24 (2 wins for UVic)

2003-2004 UVIC 56 UBC 40 (2 wins for UVic)

2004-2005 UVIC 49 UBC 37 (2 Wins for UVic)

2005-2006 UVIC 55 UBC 30 (2 Wins for UVic)

2006-2007 UVIC 79 UBC 19 (2 Wins for UVic)

2007-2008 UVIC 41 UBC 15 (1 win for UVic/ 1 for UBC) Note – UVic retains 2008 boot based on winning point differential. UVic won the first leg in 2007 36-5 but UBC won the second leg in Vancouver 10-5.

2008-2009 UVIC 102 UBC 18 (2 Wins for UVic)

2009-2010 UVIC 117 UBC 23 (2 Wins for UVic)
Note – this is the largest margin of victory in the two-game series

2010-2011 TBA – Jan. 22, 2011 Leg 1 at UVic, March, 2011, Leg 2 at UBC


UVIC - 36 wins / 1 tie

UBC - 17 Wins / 1 tie

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