The second half of the Summer Touch Rugby League saw one of its biggest offensive explosions yet.
In division one, a high-scoring encounter between Appleby and Ogier ended 11-5 to the Apples with a record six tries to captain Stuart Geddes, taking his season total to 16. The Ogier defence had little answer to the South African’s running angles. Appleby are coming into good form with four wins in the last five games and their opponents would do well to study the way this team is starting to play. Charlotte Beales-Hart also put in a great performance with excellent defence and link play.
Genesis Five Nations completed their first double of the season with their second win over PWC, this time by a score of 6-4. A brace of tries each for Martin Lang and Philip Fourie showed that quick hands and smart feet will always find gaps in defences.
DMS consolidated their place in fifth with a controlled performance against Walkers Blue Iguanas. With their highest try haul since round one, DMS came away 5-2 winners. Tim Rossiter getting two tries on his return to the team after a work-enforced sabbatical. Both teams have struggled to convert chances and it is largely thanks to solid defence that DMS maintain their position in the table. Paul Smith orchestrated both tries for Walkers.
Experience counts for a lot in touch rugby and it was clearly evident when Maples1 downed Team LIME 11-2. Special mention goes to Sharlee Henshaw, who set up plays in the middle of the pitch and scored three tries. Katy Bayles and Lisa Bird of Team LIME also had notable performances scoring a try apiece.
In division two, the Happyfish Ticklers scored an upset with a 5-2 win over league leaders KPMG1. Handing them only their second defeat of the season, Captain Jack and his crew of merry buccaneers were delighted with the performance and Onson Mukwedeya stole the show with three tries.
The Trident Titans move into second place with an emphatic win over Harmonic (8-3). The Titans shared their tries out amongst six different players.
Wales has produced legendary rugby players and the latest is Rhian Minty. Prior to helping Campbells beat Maples2 (6-4) Minty went 1,256 days without a sniff of a score – a stretch as dry as a Wesleyan Ministers liquor cabinet. Against Maples2 she stepped up and delivered a beauty in running for a score from the halfway line.
Maples2 meanwhile are in the midst of a free fall, without a win in four games. Captain Andrew Dean blamed the losses on a lack of numbers.
“Some players just don’t come around here no more,” Dean said. “We have crashed but we are learning to fly again. However, I won’t back down as I believe there’s still room at the top for my team – we’ll be heartbreakers once again!”
DART continued with their insurgence of form and played out a 3-3 draw against UBS. The points take DART off the bottom of the table for the first time this season while UBS remain in the play-off picture in fourth.
In division three, a valiant effort by Queensgate Grizz’s Old Fellas was finally thwarted by KPMG2. Two tries each for Dave Bailey and Caroline Deegan kept the Old Fellas in the game but KPMG2 broke through with two tries each for Erik Ballanger and Ian Roberton.
Island Heritage notched their second full win of the season with a 5-2 victory over bottom-of-the-table Ernst and Young. Lilia Conolly had a great match, scoring her first try of the season.
In the battle for third place, Rawlinson and Hunter would secure their spot with a 5-4 win over Credit-Suisse. Conrad Proud scored another two tries taking his scoring stats to 15 in eight games. He is now only one of three players in all three divisions who have scored in every match. Michelle Bailey also scored two tries which keep her atop the leader board as the highest scoring female player with 11 so far.
In the late game Deloitte beat GCM 3-0 thanks to Riley Mullen, who ran in three tries. After six consecutive wins, Deloitte are now top of the table.