THE Arks men’s rugby teams both celebrated wins against Perth Irish at Morley on Saturday.
The B Grade had a full team, including reserves and some new players joining during the week, bringing some good energy to the side.
Arks attacked from the start, with a good surge from the forwards backed up with good penetration from the back line.
The forwards were under pressure during the set scrums with Perth Irish.
But Arks dominated in the loose and line-outs and held the Irish to just one score against the wind.
In the second half, Arks continued to dominate and used the wind to gain and stretch the lead, with its speedy backs allowing Storme Takuta to kick five conversions, winning 45-12.
Tries: S Takuta 2, B Hoani, T Wilkinson, A Mieer, J Mataafa, S Davis one each. Kicks: S Takuta 5 conversions.
In the A Grade, Arks started with the wind and set the pace, with its fast backline out-running the opposition when they got good ball.
Arks struggled against the Perth Irish’s big pack of tall forwards at set pieces.
The Perth Irish had a big pack of tall forwards, so the set pieces were a struggle for Arks.
But once in the loose the good defence and fast backs had Arks ahead 17-0 at half-time.
The second half was almost the opposite, with Perth Irish making good use of the strong breeze, constantly turning Arks around with accurate kicks.
The score was 19-17 to Arks near the end of the game before the Irish gave away a penalty 30 metres out, which was kicked by Sean Davis to seal the game.
The final score was 22-17 with tries to K Pita, A Robson and A Miller.
Kicks: S Davis 2 conversions, 1 penalty.