ARKS Rugby Union Club slipped to a narrow 14-19 defeat to Curtin Rugby Union Club at Edinburgh Oval in their Pindan Championship clash.
Despite leading at half time, a scoreless second half and a strong showing from Curtin saw them defeated and fall to fourth on the ladder.
After a slow start where they found themselves under immense pressure, ARKS broke the deadlock when a nice run by Oshay Jensen resulted in some good phases and allowed Kawana Cassidy to score near the posts.
Cesar Niarquin’s penalty reduced the deficit, but Wharerau Douglas crashed over before the break to extend the lead to 14-3.
Nick Callahan’s late try narrowed the margin before half time and a penalty after the interval further reduced ARKS’ lead as Curtin turned the screw.
Niarquin then pounced on a loose ball to run the length of the field and score before his penalty extended the lead.
In a frantic final few minutes, ARKS crossed three times but were unable to ground the ball on all three occasions and Curtin hung on for victory.
ARKS’ B Grade side ran out 14-10 winners over Curtin, despite conceding a try after just five minutes.
Slowly the visitors worked their way into the game and after some nice build-up, Eoin Dempsey crossed over and Jardon Hohpea added the extras to make it 7-5 at the half.
Marcus Bin Omar grabbed his first try for the club after the break as Hohpea’s kicking further extended the lead and despite Clint Cash’s consolation try, ARKS were able to ride out the rest of the game with little difficulty.
ARKS Under 20s fell to another heavy defeat to Perth Bayswater after a raft of injuries and sickness left them fielding a depleted squad.
The A Grade and B Grade sides host Mandurah next week.