It was Match Day 5 in the KRyS Global National Mixed Touch Rugby Championships 2013 last weekend and as the season reaches its penultimate weekend, three teams are vying for the title.
Genesis Trust 10, Walkers 2
After their famous victory over the reigning touch champions last week, Genesis Trust were even hotter this time. Roger Priaulx continued his run of scoring in every game so far with a nice opener.
Walkers expected a tough game and it was made even more difficult when Kim Smith dislocated a finger whilst heroically diving to stop an errant pass hitting the ground.
Walkers struggled to get in the game despite the best efforts of Rolf Lindsay, Rhian Minty, Elaine Kerr and Brad Stephenson.
Man of the Match Neil Montgomery then almost single-handedly destroyed Walkers with a bravura performance, running in six solo tries.
Rolf Lindsay scored both tries for Walkers but it was scant consolation for a tough day in the boardroom.
Sidebar NWNT 11, Dart 4
A match-up between tournament co-favourites and the bottom team didn’t look like much to excite the crowd but for a while DART were competitive.
Short of players for every game so far, Dart have typically started well but ran out of steam.
And so it proved again this week. Sidebar, with their pace attack enhanced by a first outing for Neal Ainscow, quickly ran up three tries, with Ainscow, Riley Mullen and Jyoi Choi doing the damage.
Dart found a gritty response and answered with tries from Ruan Van Vuuren, Scott Murray and Loletta Hanna.
Murray’s was the pick of the bunch squeezing through a gap to dash for the try-line. Lewis Chong looked lively on his debut and is a fine addition to the squad.
The score tied on 3-3, an upset looked on the cards. Sadly for Dart, Sidebar responded almost immediately with a Choi score quickly followed by another from Mullen.
The second half was largely one-way traffic. Brandon Smith came up with a hat trick and one more each from Ainscow and Choi kept the scoreboard ticking over. A consolation score for Mat Bishop was scant reward for the efforts of the Dart team.
SteppingStones 7, Heineken Brew Crew 4
SteppingStones continued their 100 per cent record. Captain Scott McCarty was pivotal with three tries bringing his season’s total to seven.
The ’Stones play a fast-paced game and Ray Galletly and Morgan Shelver form a nice partnership when together.
Heineken’s Rudolf Weder found the gap to score after seven minutes. McCarty added a second before the lead was further extended by Karen Hart twice.
If SteppingStones are known for their passing game, then Heineken are known for having fast elusive runners and Steve Henshaw. Iain Currie and the Westin brothers have, in previous weeks, been able to score through their ability to break through with some fancy footwork and it was just such a break from steaming Currie that put Heineken’s first point on the board.
Paul Westin scored for Heineken before SteppingStones replied with two more quick tries from Shelver and McCarty pushing them to the top of the table and the title.