Rock Draws For Blood in ARC
Monday Sep 7, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby NA4 - ARC
The Rock - the Atlantic Canada entry into the new Americas Rugby Championship - beat the Prairie Wolfpack 31-23 in front of a crowd of over 1,000 at Calgary Rugby Park Monday.
The win, which included a bonus point for scoring four tries, puts The Rock atop the ARC standings with 5 points in the four team Canadian division.
The Rock got tries from National team flankers Chauncey O'Toole and Jebb Sinclair of New Brunswick and prop Frank Walsh, while the backs finished well in the second half with Rob Wilson and Tyler Wish crossing as well.
Dean Blanks added three conversions.
The Wolfpack responded with scores from prop Tyler Hawes, wing Jordan Kohn and Dustin MacPherson.
The tournament, funded by the International Rugby Board, is seen as a development tool for Tier II nations looking to bridge the gap between domestic and International Test rugby.
Rock’s Man of the Match, Chauncey O'Toole, was matter-of-fact in the assessment of his team's efforts on the day, saying, "I didn't feel like I got around the park as much as I wanted to but to come to Calgary and come away with five points, yeah - we'll take that."
Winning Coach Pat Parfrey said his forwards had a big impact on the day despite the team traveling a long way from Newfoundland for the game.
"Coming from a long distance and playing at altitude I knew we were going to tire in the last few minutes so it was important that we were a fair distance ahead earlier in the game," he said of his team's 21-3 halftime lead. "Our forwards played particularly well and Chauncey O'Toole had a blinder. Tyler Wish was able to break the line regularly."
Wolfpack captain Ryan Smith said despite the loss his team showed better in the second half, thanks in part to a favorable breeze.
"[The first half] was pretty disappointing," offered Smith. "We let ourselves down with individual errors. I think we are capable of a lot more. There was a couple of minor mistakes that let us down in the second half.”
The Prairie Wolfpack are next in action on September 19th when they travel to Ontario to play the Blues in Markham, ON, while the Atlantic will host the BC Bears at Swilers RFC on the same day in St. John's, Newfoundland.
The Rock 31
Tries: O'Toole, Sinclair, Walsh, Wilson, Wish
Convs: Dean Blanks 3
Prairie Wolfpack 23
Tries: Hawes, Kohn, MacPherson
Pens: Woodward 2
15 Mozac Samson
14 Jordan Kohn
13 Nick Blevins
12 Ryan Smith
11 Chris Thompson
10 Stephen Woodward
9 Kent Plewes
8 Milan Mrdjenovich
7 Nanyak Dala
6 Jeremy Kyne
5 Jon Belanger
4 Joshua Schlebach
3 Andrew Tiedemann
2 Tom Malin
1 Thomas Dolezel
16 Tyler Hawes (For 3 Tiedemann at 77 minutes)
17 Travis Robertson (For 1 Dolezel at 68 minutes)
18 Spencer Massiah (For 4 Schlebach at 77 minutes)
19 Russel Meidinger (For 2 Malin at 71 minutes)
20 Sam Val Zehan (For 6 Kyne at 68 minutes)
21 Christen Wulff (For 15 Samson at 66 minutes)
22 Dustin MacPherson (For 13 Blevins at 75 minutes)
15 Morgan Lovell
14 Simon Pacey
13 Ciaran Hearn
12 Tyler Wish
11 Rob Wilson
10 Dean Blanks
9 Adam Paul
8 Kevin Parfrey
7 Chauncey O'Toole
6 Jebb Sinclair
4 Simon Pitfield
3 Dan King
2 Rob Wright
1 Frank Walsh
16 Rod Snow (For 3 King at 33 minutes)
17 Owen Parfrey (For 2 Wright at 64 minutes)
18 Phil Alcock (For 1 Walsh at 71 minutes)
19 Brad Lester (For 5 Mooney at 64 minutes)
20 Brent Rowney (For 9 Paul at 64 minutes)
21 Thomas Kimball (For 7 O'Toole at 77 minutes)
22 Geoff Warden (For 14 Pacey at 40 minutes)