AFTER the mid-season break, Arks hosted Rockingham at John Dunn oval hoping for a better result than the first clash.
The results were an improvement on the first game.
In the B Grade, Arks took the game right up to Rockingham during the first half, with the scrum dominating the set piece and the backs making good ground with the ball in hand.
When Rockingham got their hands on the ball, their big players were able to make good ground with astute direction from their half-back.
The score was 0-0 until the last five minutes of the half, when Rockingham managed to break free of the Arks’ defence and score two converted tries.
Rockingham dominated the second half, stopping Arks’ attacks with a strong defensive effort.
Arks were unable to shut down their opponents’ hard running backs and conceded three more tries in the half. The final score was 0-33.
In the A Grade game fatigue was a major factor, with some of the Arks players fronting up for their second game.
Rockingham started strongly, with their forwards crashing through, giving their back good use of the ball to score the first try early in the game.
Arks tightened up their defence but were unable to stop Rockingham scoring throughout the match.
There were several good forays into Rockingham territory but a strong defence prevented Arks from scoring despite their great efforts.
Final score 0-63.
The ladies team had a bye.