Despite being the home of national players past, present and future, the vaunted UVic Vikes men’s rugby team is out of the running for the Rounsefell Cup B.C. championship for 2013.
The Vikes fell to defending Rounsefell champs Capilano (9-4) 46-35 in North Vancouver on Saturday. It eliminates the Vikes (5-7-1) from playoff contention in the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League.
At one point the Vikes – led by the 9-10 tandem of Canadian national team reps Phil Mack and Pat Kay – exploded for 20 unanswered points. Beau Parker dashed through for a try and Kay recorded two tries, a convert and a penalty in quick succession.
The game’s back-and-forth scoring featured 12 tries in total and was decided in the final 15 minutes when Capilano scored three quick tries to down UVic. The No. 3-seed Caps have clinched one of the four playoff spots available.
In Oak Bay, the No. 5-seed Castaway Wanderers (6-6-1) defeated No. 1-seed Burnaby Lake (9-4) 23-16 under torrential rain and hail at Windsor Park.
It ended Burnaby Lake’s sensational eight-game winning streak.
James Bay drew level with Burnaby Lake for first in the standings as the Bays won 71-12 over the Bayside Sharks in Surrey.
The Bays fielded two big names on Saturday, Tyler Ardron, who was named the Canadian 15s Player of the Year, and John Moonlight, who was named the Canadian sevens Player of the Year, at Rugby Canada’s First Annual Awards Dinner back in Victoria, later on Saturday night.
No. 4- seed Meraloma retained its playoff spot with a 38-18 defeat of the UBC Old Boy Ravens.
CW sit four points back of No. 3-seed Meraloma in the standings. To make the playoffs, CW will need to unseat Meraloma when the two teams meet in Vancouver next week, the final week of the CDI Premier League rugby schedule.
Not only does CW have to win, CW must earn the four-try bonus point and win by more than seven points, to keep Burnaby from earning a bonus point.
James Bay hosts the Vikes in Barnard Cup play on April 20, 2:45 p.m. at MacDonald Park.
– with files from Andrew Smith/B.C. Rugby