Rugby union: ARKS conquer plucky Mandurah Pirates

Rugby union: ARKS conquer plucky Mandurah Pirates

ARKS Rugby Union Club overcame Mandurah Pirates 22-16 in their round 3 A-Grade clash at Oakmont Reserve.

In a fiery encounter, ARKS claimed a morale-boosting victory, with Tama Cassidy’s late converted try proving the difference.

The two sides traded penalty goals early before Ricky Almalfitano’s try gave the visitors the lead at the main break.

Mandurah’s Jazreel Kasuas and ARKS’ Cody Chapman-Manuel both crossed early for converted tries early in the second half as the pressure ramped up.

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Two penalties from Andrew Taitoko saw the Pirates hold a 16-15 lead with less than 10 minutes to go and it looked as if they may hold on for victory.

However, Cassidy popped up late on the right wing to retake the lead before Tyson Lewis’s tricky conversion sealed the victory.

Earlier, ARKS’ B-Grade side lost 52-7 to Mandurah, while a Palmyra side filled with Western Force juniors thrashed ARKS Under-20s by 95-0.