Scoring for the Vikings opened after the tenth minute when the inside center, Tim Wyman, broke through a line of defenders to ground the ball across the try line. The following conversion kicked by Aaron Brown made the score 7-0 for the Vikings. Rykowski’s first try came shortly after Wyman’s, starting the Vikings run against Reed. Portland State refused to let up, scoring try after try against the stunned Reed defense. Viking flanker Jamin Meletia scored his first try ever (known in Rugby as a Zulu try) thirty minutes into the first half. Rykowski scored his second try later in the first half, which ended with the Vikings enjoying nearly a fifty-point lead.
The second half of the contest featured the return of veterans Micah Parsons and Kaliq Mansor; who both missed several games from shoulder and hand injuries respectively. Rykowski’s third and final try came midway through the second half, achieving the rare rugby hat trick. Reed was able to break their frustration, scoring a single try in the second half. Meletia scored his second try for Portland State in the final moments of the second half, bringing the final score to 85-5 in favor of the Vikings.
The Vikings’ win against Reed ended a tough fall season on a high note. Co-captain Kaliq Mansor said, “Saturday’s win was a big morale boost for the team. We were plagued by injuries this season, so the guys had to work hard for this win”. The Vikings will spend the winter preparing for their next league match, hosting Willamette on February 14, 2009. For more information on the Portland State Men’s Rugby Club see their website at www.pdxrugby.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.