THE Armadale Arks defence stood firm for the first half of its rugby union clash against Swan Suburbs with the teams going into the half-time break 5-5.
But Arks could not sustain the pressure with Swans coming back strongly in the second half to win comfortably, 41-5.
The first half started with Arks having 14 men in the side with their defence surprising Swan Suburbs, putting them on the back foot and Arks missing two shots at goal from penalties.
Swan Suburbs lifted and put on the pressure and eventually managed to score a try in the left corner that was not converted.
Arks regrouped and the attacking pressure finally told when Andy Robson scored after several phases and a good backline effort put him over the line, but the conversion was missed leaving the teams locked at the break.
The second half was a different story with Swan Suburbs able to bring fresh players on and some Arks players inhibited by injury.
Swans lifted to another gear and over-ran the Arks players to score an emphatic win.
Meanwhile, the Arks women’s side had a full time, but no reserves and had a tough day, losing to a well-drilled Kalamunda side, 0-55.
The scrums and lineouts held well but when the Kalamunda players got the ball to their experienced backs, Arks had no real answer.
The Arks women defended hard all game and made some good attacks but were beaten by a very good side.
There is a mid season break this weekend.