AN undermanned ARKS Rugby Union Club went down 56-30 to Mandurah in their Pindan Championship encounter at Harrisdale Field.
In a high-scoring game, Mandurah took control of the match early and shot out to an early lead as ARKS struggled to keep pace with them.
Despite the big loss, ARKS broke their opposition’s lines on multiple occasions and will take heart from the fighting spirit they showed.
Mandurah kept the ball away from the ARKS’ forwards early and used the speed of their backs to do the damage, scoring their first try within a couple of minutes.
Their kicking tactics also worked with ARKS finding it difficult to counter as injuries forced their coach Josh Upson to take to the field on the wing.
Despite many players being played out of position, they still managed two first half tries to Kayne Cassidy and Willtz Wade.
The second half followed a similar pattern with ARKS unable to counter the high kicks from the Mandurah half-backs, which allowed the chasing line the advantage of moving to the ball at speed.
The visitors continued to pile on the points as ARKS did their best to keep up, with Joe Kapua scoring an excellent try before player-coach Upson crossed in the corner.
However, their absentees were felt and they were never able to get close enough to Mandurah to worry them.
Earlier, ARKS’ B Grade side went down 48-15 to their Mandurah counterparts.
ARKS started the game well, but the top-of-the-table Mandurah soon showed their class, shutting down any line-breaks and proved difficult to stop once they got behind the ARKS defensive line.
The hosts contained the Mandurah attack and proved dangerous, finishing the half just 10-5 down.
But injuries took their toll and Mandurah were able to kick on in the second half as the margin blew out.
ARKS’ Under 20’s side again battled injuries and illness, losing to a talented Joondalup side.