THE ARKS men’s A and B grade teams showed great improvement against Curtin University last Saturday.
The performance of both teams, while not reflected in the losing scores, could have resulted in at least one win.
Improvement will continue with the new players learning their roles in the teams.
The women’s team played at Perth-Bayswater and still do not have their full complement of players available.
There were encouraging signs from A grade with a very competitive display which could have been a win but for a couple of unlucky bounces of the ball.
The first half was even with ARKS winning its own scrums and lineouts and putting together some good phases. The score was 15-17 to Curtin at the break.
The start of the second half gave ARKS supporters great heart with the side nudging ahead but with some 50-50 refereeing decisions not going ARKS’ way, the play following the penalties resulted in Curtin tries and a 34-25 loss.
With more new players in the squad, B grade looked scrappy and did not combine as a team at the start.
The scrums and lineouts were poor but the loose play made up for much of set play with strong scrambling defence and occasional concerted attacks developing during the game so that at the end the ARKS side began to dominate the play.
Unfortunately by the time the team started to combine, Curtin had managed to score two converted tries and ARKS, although threatening to score several times in the second half, were left scoreless and ultimately lost 14-0.
The women’s side was again short of players, which limited the number of substitutions it could make.
The game was tough with a number of high tackles going unpenalised although warnings were given.
ARKS eventually went down 45-12.
ARKS are looking for more players in all teams. Training is Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm at John Dunn Oval.