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RECAP: Vikes cruise by Heat to qualify for national tournament

RECAP: Vikes cruise by Heat to qualify for national tournament

Men's Rugby (Canadian University Men's Rugby Championship (CUMRC) Play-in)

Sunday, October 29th, 2017
Parkinson Recreation Centre (P10), Kelowna, BC

Final 1 2 T
University of Victoria 36 36 72
UBC Okanagan 0 0 0


KELOWNA, BC – Not the result the Heat men's rugby team was looking for but not necessarily unexpected as the heavily favoured University of Victoria Vikes swept through Kelowna after their 72-0 win over UBC Okanagan on Sunday.

The two squads met for a chance to represent the West at the Canadian University Men's Rugby Championship on the Parkinson Recreation Centre fields after beating Calgary yesterday.

With the win the University of Victoria will be the second seed, after UBC, in the newly minted national championship tournament.

The Heat players, disappointed immediately after the loss with the one-sided result, will be able to look back and reflect on this game - thought head coach Chris Haynes - and in a day or two realize that they competed with one of the top rugby teams, of any age, in the province.

The Vikes played full throttle all weekend - outscoring their opponents 151-0 in two matches - seeming to have a chip on their shoulder to have to play these matches in Kelowna at all.

UVic was upset in September for the first berth to the championship by UBC and therefore had to defeat the winner of the Hindson Cup to earn the second berth from Western Canada to make their way to the University of Guelph for national tournament on November 16th to 19th.

The Hindson Cup tournament organizers hope that the national tournament becomes a huge success propelling the prominence of the local annual cup named in honour of rugby legend Ro Hindson.