Rugby union: ARKS get better of Perth Irish, 19-3

Rugby union: ARKS get better of Perth Irish, 19-3

ARKS Rugby Club returned to the winner’s circle with a 19-3 thrashing of Perth Irish at Centenary Park in the A Grade Championship.

Despite missing several key players, ARKS pulled together to snap their three-game losing streak and move back into the top four.

They took an early lead when Dean Richardson crossed for a try following several phases and some passing from the backline.

Although the Irish hit back through a penalty goal, some sustained pressure from ARKS resulted in Joe Kapua breaking the line and scoring to give the visitors a 12-3 lead at the break.

Perth looked to hit back in the second half, but the away side showed their mettle, holding them try-less despite two yellow cards in quick succession temporarily reducing them to 13 men.

As Perth’s energy levels faded, ARKS were able to take advantage, with Kayne Cassidy putting the result beyond doubt with a late try.

ARKS B Grade side slipped to a narrow 13-11 loss to their Perth Irish counterparts.

They started well, but were up against a much-improved Perth Irish side who showed they would be no pushovers.

The two sides traded early penalty goals, before the hosts scored a late try to lead 10-6 at half time.

The second half continued to be a scrappy affair and another penalty extended Perth’s lead, although they could not close the door on ARKS.

The visitors probed in the last 10 minutes, but could not get over the line until a very late try to Tupari Kaku gave them a glimmer of hope.

However, Jarden Hohepa’s tricky conversion from the sideline to tie the scores drifted just under the bar, allowing Perth to claim a valuable win.

Earlier, ARKS Under 20’s suffered a heavy 83-0 loss to UWA.

All three ARKS sides are home next week, with the A-Grade hosting Swan, B-Grade playing Bunbury and the Under 20s clashing with Nedlands.

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