Ar­dens hop­ing to catch Hounds

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS -

The Swift Cur­rent Com­pre­hen­sive High School Ar­dens rugby team is clos­ing the gap be­tween them­selves and one of their pro­vin­cial ri­vals, the Notre Dame Hounds. Al­though the Ar­dens lost both games in Wil­cox to the de­fend­ing pro­vin­cial cham­pion Hounds, the Ar­dens are beginning to worry the Hounds about their com­pe­ti­tion from the west.

In the open­ing game the Ar­dens matched up against the Hounds’ ju­nior squad with a mix of vet­er­ans and rook­ies. The Ar­dens found them­selves trail­ing 12-0 at half­time but re­sponded with a strong ef­fort in the sec­ond half led by a Kelsey Beisel try. Amaysha Ban­man struck the ball well but her con­ver­sion was off to the side as the game fin­ished 175 in fa­vor of the host Hounds.

The sec­ond game saw the Hounds top 15 play­ers on the pitch in the se­nior game. The Ar­dens had the wind at their back and with some tac­ti­cal kick­ing from Amanda Farnsworth they were press­ing on Notre Dame’s goal line but were stuffed on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions. Even­tu­ally the Hounds took ad­van­tage of a lucky bounce and ran 70 me­tres for a try to lead 7-0 at the half­time break.

The Ar­dens came out hard in the sec­ond half but were un­able to con­tain Notre Dame’s out­side cen­tre. Af­ter some ad­just­ments were made by Ar­dens’ back coachWy­att Evans things re­ally be­gan to tighten up. Beisel and Ban­man both scored sec­ond half tries for the Ar­dens as they were outscored 14-10 in a 21-10 loss.

Ar­dens’ coach Chris Chap­man noted that the Hounds were de­feat­ing the Ar­dens by 50-60 point mar­gins last sea­son so to keep the score within 11 points on Satur­day was a great ac­com­plish­ment.

Chap­man was also proud of the Ar­dens’ teamwork and is looking for­ward to play­ing the Hounds again in their first league game on Wed­nes­day.

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