VICTORIA - The University of Victoria Vikes men's rugby squad find themselves in second spot in the Canadian Direct Insurnace Premier League standings after a second-half Nov. 16 comeback win last weekend propelled them ahead of both James Bay Athletic Association and the UBCOB Ravens. They will have the opportunity to win back-to-back games for the first time since October when they face off in this weekend's Nov. 23 home game against the Castaway Wanderers. It will be the last Premier League match of the fall for the Vikes and the second-last match of 2013 before league play resumes in February.
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The return of several national team members benefitted the Vikes in last weekend's match that saw them playing one of their most complete games in recent weeks against the Ravens.
"It was good to get a hard fought win last weekend," said Vikes head coach Doug Tate. "The Ravens are a good team, they brought in a good team and I think they were a bit shocked that we beat them. That's the way the league is right now, it's fairly tight on any given day."
Second-year Vike Fergus Hall continued to add to his season point total, kicking two conversions and a penalty kick in the Vikes victory. Hall continues to lead the league in scoring with 50 points heading into Saturday's tilt.
The Wanderers will also be looking to win their second-straight match and third of the season overall. Currently sitting in seventh-place in the league with 10 points, the Wanderers are led on offence by Jonny Morris and Bruce Watson, who sit at 15 and 13 points, respectively. Overall, the team has struggled to find their offense this season, posting 83 points through five games while allowing 126 points against.
"We're not going to worry too much about who they have on the field," said Tate. "We're going to have to play the same way as we did last weekend. We're concentrated on what we have to do better."
The Vikes will welcome back third-year Vike and Canadian U-20 member Pat Kay, who returns this week after suffering an injury during national team training. Kick-off for the Nov. 23 match is set for 2:30 p.m at Wallace Field.