Arrows v Aurora-Markham

Wednesday July-10 saw the ARROWS take on the Aurora-Markham team, at Home.  In spite of the sultry conditions, the Arrows were ready to run.

Sticking to the game-plan, the forwards did the hard-yards, and unleashed the backs, who took their chances – making some incisive line-breaks, and hard running to dot-down a few scores – Stand-outs were the voracious-play from Rory-Ireland – seemingly involved in every tackle situation; The excellent-jackling by the ball-thief- Jason Micheletti;

The visiting Harry-Hibbert (presumably on loan from the NZ All-Blacks?), was pivotal at 9,  and Connor Gittens bossed the show at fly-half. Returning from injury, an inspired Hugo Tudor Price celebrated with a raft of scores with some powerful line-breaks.

But nothing should be taken-away from the visitors – who, in-spite of limited numbers, never gave-up the fight, and clocked up their own scores – one in each half. Final score 61:10 in favour of the Arrows.  Bravo-boys

Swords v Vaughan

The Swords traveled to Woodbridge, to take-on a Vaughan squad of giants.  No quarter given or taken, and right from the start, the Crusaders team knew this was going to be a tough-one.  In spite of our smaller size, the Swords forwards worked diligently at the rucks – and were able to secure good turnover-ball.

Patient work at the breakdowns, was able to draw several off-side penalties from the all-too-eager Vaughan defenders, but when they did come-up, they hit hard, as the Cru players will have the bruises to attest.

Good distribution from the hands (and also the boot), of Fly-half Daniel Sanders kept the Swords offence moving forward – together some great kick-chasing by Max Keller, set up some great attacking plays. It was 12-7 at the half with all to play-for. A few too many handling errors – perhaps forgivable in the sweaty conditions – meant promising attacks (from-both teams) sometimes came to nothing. Tip-top-tackler Stefan van Niekerk showed how it should be done – making several perfect text-book take-downs at full-back, as the Vaughan speed-merchants crashed through. But the Swords stuck to their task and ended-up with a 26:12 win.

Man-of-the-match Ben Robinson – not just for standing-strong under the powerful rush-tackling from the Vaughan big-hitters, but for his incessant pressure onto the hosts back-line at every play, as well as a superb chase-back and tackle, when the Vaughan backline broke free.