Rugby Union: Arks men and women get close but fall short in wet conditions

Rugby Union: Arks men and women get close but fall short in wet conditions

THE Arks women’s rugby team showed great determination in their clash against Southern Lions last Saturday, despite losing narrowly by four points, 27-31.

Both teams were short of players for this game with Arks only just getting the minimum 10 players required due to injury and illness.

The game was still a real spectacle with Arks having superiority in the forwards and Southern Lions a fleet-footed back-line.

Windy conditions made kicking difficult and the Lions managed to get their tries closer to the posts allowing them to kick two more conversions.

The women showed great determination and saved several tries with great chases and good tackling.

In the men’s A Grade, Arks took on Swan Suburbs in wet conditions, making ball handling difficult.

Kaneti Pita and Roughan Kiel carried the ball well all match and the defence was an improvement on recent games.

Good forward work gave the backs attacking opportunities spreading the ball wide and at half time Arks was ahead 12 to 10.

The game continued in a similar manner in the second half but the Arks’ young players tired.

The larger Swan Suburbs players were able to take advantage and hit Arks through the middle of the rucks, crossing the line twice late in the game to seal their win, 27-19.