The KRyS Global National Mixed Touch Rugby Championships 2013’s Match Day 4 produced some flashes of supreme play and the game of the season, so far.
Genesis Trust 5, Heineken Brew Crew 4
The game of the day saw the never-beaten Heineken Brew Crew take on an ever-improving Genesis Trust. Heineken have laboured this year, showing only glimpses of the swagger they previously had. Genesis Trust were the first opponents they faced this season that could realistically unseat them – and so it proved.
In a pulsating game, the result was never certain. Genesis opened the scoring with an Alex Pineau try involving a fine jumping one-handed catch high above his head.
Genesis Trust had most of the early play, but did not capitalise. Heineken’s Mark Westin levelled the scores and although Pineau put Genesis in front again, tries from Steve Henshaw and Paul Westin gave Heineken a surprising 3-2 half time lead.
As the second half progressed, Neil Montgomery started to dictate the plays and deftly passed to Pineau to level before Monty himself gave Genesis the lead with a typically dashing break.
Still, Genesis kept the pressure on and Sharon Stainrod did well in her comeback match.
But for all their chances, Genesis could not stretch their lead. Back again came Heineken. Westin levelled with a fine solo effort to make it 4-4. The decisive break came from Roger Priaulx for Genesis. It was Heineken Brew Crew’s first defeat in touch rugby in a superb match.
SteppingStones 14, KMPG 0
Playing against a KPMG side bereft of player options, SteppingStones spluttered in the early exchanges. SteppingStones went ahead through captain Scott McCarty to settle the nerves and then Morgan Shelver put in a top shelf performance. Simon Raftopolous was on his shoulder to gratefully gobble up Shelver’s final pass to run in unchallenged six times, a record for the league.
Equally as influential was his partner Vangie Raftopolous, who scored a couple of fine tries herself. Rudolf and Marcia Weder scored three between them, with Jacqui Davies, Wiki Hitchman and Scott McCarty adding the rest.
Walkers 6, Dart 4
The opening game of the day pitted Walkers Blue Iguanas against Dart. Walkers are a solid team and even without top try scorer Paul Smith, they have enough guile and skill to cause problems.
Lacking numbers for the third game in a row, Dart toiled with the barest of squads. Walkers opened the score through Vikki Piaso. Dart’s Andy Childe equalised with a fine run. Then Walkers raced into a 6-1 lead through Rolf Lindsay, James Melen, Rupert Bell, Emily Vaka-uta and new arrival Elaine Kerr who had a great game.
Dart had a couple of blistering runs from little Mickey Mulligan, despite suffering from bruised ribs.
Dart received a boost halfway through the second-half with extra players. Suddenly, Dart started to exert some pressure. Scott “Spaghetti-Man” Murray was elusive and Childe racked up three quick tries.