Vikes rugby upset reigning champions Capilano RFC

Club rugby season starts with UVic Vikes and James Bay winning on week one, Castaway Wanderers lose

National team rugby sevens captain Phil Mack was solid in his home debut with the UVic Vikes  men’s team in CDI Premier League play after missing last year with injuries.

The Vikes surprised visiting Capilano of North Vancouver at home on Wallace Field winning 30-24 on Saturday.

Mack scored two tries, one of them a 50-yard run, kicked a drop goal from near the sideline, and was “unbelievable” at scrum half, Vikes coach Doug Tate said on the Vikes website.

“That was a career game.”

Keaton Styles and Aaron Johnston each scored a try for UVic, and Patrick Kay kicked two try conversions and two penalty goals for 10 points.

Elsewhere in the premier league James Bay took a huge 28-24 win over the Meraloma RFC in Kitsilano. Fly half Connor Braid kicked a drop goal, a try conversion and scored a try, with tries from Jeff Hassler, Jim de Goede and Nate Waldman.  Oak Bay’s Castaway Wanderers fell 20-10 to Burnaby Lake.

New this year is a second team from Saanich’s Velox RFC called the Velox Academy, which has entered the Island’s first division with the Velox Valhallians. On Saturday the Valhallians bettered the Academy 52-6 at Velox field.

Visitors wallop Vikes rugby women

After a rough opening weekend of CIS play the UVic Vikes women’s rugby team will host the Alberta Pandas at UVic’s Wallace Field on Saturday (Sept. 28), 5 p.m.

The Vikes are coming off heavy one-sided losses at home, 49-5 to the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Friday, and 47-3 to the Calgary Dinos on Sunday. First-year player Dacey Livingstone scored the only try of the weekend against Lethbridge, and Alana Cryer scored the only kicking goal, a penalty against the Dinos.

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