Perth Ir­ish suf­fer thrash­ing by ARKS

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ARKS Rugby Club re­turned to the win­ner’s circle with a 19-3 thrash­ing of Perth Ir­ish at Cen­te­nary Park in the Pin­dan A Grade Cham­pi­onship.

De­spite miss­ing sev­eral key play­ers, ARKS pulled to­gether to snap their three-game los­ing streak and move back into the top four.

They took an early lead when Dean Richard­son crossed for a try fol­low­ing sev­eral phases and some pass­ing from the back­line.

Although the Ir­ish hit back through a penalty goal, some sus­tained pres­sure from ARKS re­sulted in Joe Ka­pua break­ing the line and scor­ing to give the vis­i­tors a 12-3 lead at the break.

Perth looked to hit back in the sec­ond half, but the away side showed their met­tle, hold­ing them try-less de­spite two yel­low cards in quick suc­ces­sion tem­po­rar­ily re­duc­ing them to 13 men.

As Perth’s en­ergy lev­els faded, ARKS were able to take ad­van­tage, with Kayne Cas­sidy putting the re­sult beyond doubt with a late try.

ARKS B Grade side slipped to a nar­row 13-11 loss to their Perth Ir­ish coun­ter­parts.

They started well, but were up against a much-im­proved Perth Ir­ish side who showed they would be no pushovers.

The two sides traded early penalty goals, be­fore the hosts scored a late try to lead 10-6 at half time.

The sec­ond half con­tin­ued to be a scrappy af­fair and an­other penalty ex­tended Perth’s lead, although they could not close the door on ARKS.

The vis­i­tors probed in the last 10 min­utes, but could not get over the line un­til a very late try to Tu­pari Kaku gave them a glim­mer of hope.

How­ever, Jar­den Ho­hepa’s tricky con­ver­sion from the side­line to tie the scores drifted just un­der the bar, al­low­ing Perth to claim a valu­able win.

Ear­lier, ARKS Un­der 20’s suf­fered a heavy 83-0 loss to UWA.

All three ARKS sides are home next week, with the A-Grade host­ing Swan, B-Grade play­ing Bun­bury and the Un­der 20s clash­ing with Ned­lands.

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