VICTORIA - James Bay Athletic Association produced an impressive 27-10 bonus point victory over cross-town rivals Oak Bay Castaway Wanderers on Saturday afternoon to go top of the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League standings. Shaking off the rust after a three month winter break, James Bay moved to 6-2 and now prepare for a rematch of last year's provincial final against defending Rounsefell Cup champions Capilano RFC (6-2) next week.
Capilano produced some late heroics to remain unbeaten on their home pitch at Klahane Park, defeating traditional rivals Meraloma Rugby Club (5-3) by a score of 20-17. With a heated match all tied up at 17-17 and under 10 minutes to play, Capilano new addition Matt Simms kicked the game-winning penalty to see his side move into second place in the standings. The 'Lomas had an opportunity to draw the game level but opted for a quick tap on a penalty and were denied by Capilano's staunch defence in the closing minutes.
Across town the no. 5 Burnaby Lake Rugby Club (4-3) edged UBCOB Ravens (1-5-1) by a score of 18-12. Burnaby tries came courtesy of Benoit Piffero, James Reekie and Micha Givorchin with the only conversion kicked by Reekie. Back in Victoria, the UVic Vikes (4-4) held on to fourth place with an emphatic 43-24 bonus point victory over White Rock's Bayside Sharks (2-6). See below for full UVic Vikes recap
Next week (March 2nd) will see no. 7 Bayside away to no. 8 UBCOB Ravens in a matchup that could prove crucial in this year's relegation battle. No. 3 Meraloma will look to regroup as they face off against no. 5 Burnaby at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.
Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League - Sat. February 23rd:
Meraloma Rugby Club 17(+1) - 20 Capilano RFC
UBCOB Ravens 12(+1) - 18 Burnaby Lake
Bayside AA 24(+1) - 43(+1) UVic VIkes
James Bay AA 27(+1) - 10 Castaway Wanderers RFC
Rookie tries showcase depth of Vikes program
Feb. 23: UVic Vikes 43 – 24 Bayside Sharks AA
By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. – In their first game back after a two month break from CDI Premier league action the University of Victoria Vikes men’s rugby team took to Wallace Field under clear skies for a 43-24 win over the visiting Bayside AA Sharks.
Today’s win was a testament to the depth of the Vikes program as rookies Fergus Hall, a Sport BC High School award finalist and Nathan Yanagiya (North Vancouver, BC), both crossed the line to put up points for the UVic side.
“It was a good first game back, I thought we played well defensively except for a few small lapses,” said Doug Tate, head coach of the UVic Vikes men’s rugby team. “Those first year players did well, it’s really good for the future of the program.”
The Vikes were first on the board after a driving maul took forward Zack Myers (Vancouver, BC) across the line for the five points. Bayside answered but a few minutes later with a fast break of their own and with the conversion, were up 7-5 over the UVic men.
Playing as the Vikes’ No. 8, third-year Dustin Dobravsky (Hanover, Germany) created another opportunity for the home side with a nifty hand off to Kane Wyatt (Shawnigan Lake, B.C.) who then ran the ball over the line uncontested. Kicking for the conversion, Patrick Kay (Duncan, B.C.) added another two points to the Vikes’ tally and the UVic men were up 12-7.
Hoping to give the Vikes a run for their money, Bayside capitalized on a UVic defensive breakdown and after a series of scrums on the try line the Sharks put up another five points.
After several minutes of midfield play, Vikes winger Beau Parker (Vancouver, BC) took the ball down the line for his first tally of the game and a sideline conversion by Kay put the Vikes well in the lead going into halftime.
In the second half of play the Vikes dominated the scoreboard. A scrum outside of the 22-yard line led to Hall’s first try as a Vike with a solo effort down the short side, putting the score at 26-12 for UVic.
Adding to Hall’s first year tally was Yanagiya after an initial break by Hall. The Vikes did not let up and another try by Wyatt was converted to put them at 38. Shortly after an unconverted Bayside try, Parker added another to make it 43-17. A late-game consolation try by Bayside was enough to get the bonus point but certainly not enough for the win with the final score at 43-24.
Next up for the Vikes is the 2013 National University Sevens championship hosted by Rugby Canada, Mar. 1-2, in Langford, B.C.