Rugby union: last gasp try dashes ARKS hopes against Cottesloe


Ben Baker off-loading the ball during ARKS’ close loss.
Ben Baker off-loading the ball during ARKS’ close loss.

ARKS Rugby Union Club conceded a last-gasp try to fall 33-28 to third-placed Cottesloe in their Premier Grade matchup at Harrisdale Field.

Despite still missing several first team players, ARKS battled valiantly and even led 14-7 at half time, before they were overpowered in the second half.

The first half started with some ragged play by both teams, before Kitione Nairube beat two defenders to score out wide and Dane Jobe converted the difficult kick to give ARKS an early lead.

Nairube went over for his second converted try just before half time before Cottesloe hit back and scored under the posts from a powerful scrum.

Cottesloe dominated early in the second half and scored an early converted try to tie the scores, before ARKS responded with a try of their own through Conrad Gillingham.

Two converted tries in a row gave Cottesloe the lead, before Jobe responded with one of his own to level the scores at 28-all.

With a minute to go, Cottesloe forced a scrum on ARKS’ goal line put their winger over in the corner to dash ARKS’ hopes of at least a draw.

Meanwhile, ARKS reserve’s side had a day to forget, as their injury-hit side went down 93-0, while third grade battled to a 47-12 loss to their Cottesloe counterparts.

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