Rugby: ARKS out of semis against classy Mandurah

ARKS are out of the semi-finals
ARKS are out of the semi-finals

ARKS Rugby Union’s B Grade’s finals were ended prematurely by a top-of-the-table Mandurah side in their Pindan Championship semi -finals.

The B Grade side, ARKS’ only representative in the finals, finished with 14 men and went down 36-7 to a classy Mandurah outfit.

ARKS knew the semi-final was going to be an uphill battle, but will take plenty away from their first season since relocating to Harrisdale.

They put their highly fancied opponents under pressure from kickoff, but Mandurah capitalised on a mistake to score the opening try within five minutes.

The underdogs managed to tie the score when Ben Russell slipped through the defence and Jardon Hohpea knocked over the conversion, but they were soon reduced to 14 men after the referee spotted an ARKS player throwing a punch.

A Mandurah penalty and converted try soon after meant they led 15-7 at the main break, and second-half injuries to Selwyn Kani and Tyrone Bayliss did not help.

Fifteen points in the final quarter of an hour to Mandurah put the icing on the cake as they ran out comprehensive winners.