Rugby: ARKS suffer Premier Grade loss to Joondalup

Ben Calder wins a lineout for ARKS
Ben Calder wins a lineout for ARKS

ARKS Rugby Union Club have fallen 50-31 to a strong Joondalup side in their Premier Grade clash at Harrisdale Field.

Despite leading at half time, ARKS were overwhelmed in the second half as Joondalup came home with a wet sail.

The loss leaves ARKS second bottom with just one round remaining of their inaugural Premier grade season.

The hosts started well and despite falling behind early, rebounded and took control of the game – thanks to tries from Elliot Turner, Russell Burges and Dane Jobe.

But Joondalup fought back and despite Graham Sullivan’s try late in the half, the visitors responded with a late five-pointer of their own to trail 19-26 at the break.

After William Tuheke-Wade’s try gave ARKS a slender lead heading into the final 20 minutes, the hosts seemed confident, Joondalup had other ideas, scoring four late tries to overrun ARKS and hand them the loss.

It did not get much better for a severely-depleted ARKS’ Reserve side, who were forced to abandon the game due to injuries, down 84-0.

The Third Grade side suffered a similar fate to the first team, as they too lost 50-31, despite being tied at 21-apiece at half time.

Sam Webby scored two tries as the ARKS battled hard against the high-flying Joondalup, but were not rewarded.