ARKS Rugby Union Club fell agonisingly short of victory for the second week running, going down 22-18 to Kwinana in the Pindan Rugby Championship.
After falling behind to an early penalty, a Tyson Lewis try coupled with some accurate kicking from Corey Broughton put ARKS in the driver’s seat.
However, a desperate Kwinana side, chasing their second win of the season, hit back to level the scores at 13-13 by half time.
Kwinana continued to battle hard and took the lead through some successful penalty kicks, as ARKS struggled to stay within touching distance.
Lewis again crossed for a try, but Broughton’s missed conversion meant they trailed 19-18 with ten minutes to play.
Another penalty further extended Kwinana’s advantage as ARKS searched for a try to win it.
They thought they’d found it with the last play of the game when they crossed over, only for the referee to controversially rule it out, ending the game and consigning ARKS to another close loss.
ARKS’ B Grade side also lost, falling 24-15 to a strong Southern Lions outfit, despite leading at half time.
Tries to Levi Pirini and Adam Davis put them in control as they kept the Lions scoreless, although two missed conversions would come back to haunt them.
The visitors took over in the second half, raising their game to another level and piling on the points.
Andrew Hunt scored a second half hat-trick to give the Lions the lead and despite Tuscany Hale scoring a try on debut, the hosts were left to rue inaccurate goal-kicking.
The Under 20’s side won courtesy of their Cottesloe opponents forfeiting.