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Rock loose last game to Ontario

Rock loose last game to Ontario

The Rock played their last game of the CRC on Saturday, loosing away to Ontario by 21 -19. The game was played in stifling heat, with the temperature at 30 degrees and humidity making it feel like 39 degrees. Nonetheless The Rock played their best game of the year and nearly tied the game at the end. Despite being decimated by injuries this young team (average  24 years) played courageously and skilfully against the champions, leading by 11-10 at half, and scoring a try in the last minute in the corner. The conversion attempt by Dean Blanks cruelly curled away at the last second.

Dean Blanks had 3 penalties, Zac Coughlan scored a try from a scrum and Chris Burt scored the other try.

Noteworthy in the game was outstanding lineout work, a vastly improved defence, and several long line breaks from Rob Wilson, Zac Coughlan, Patrick Parfrey and Kyle Baillie. The young scrum was under pressure from the heavier Ontario pack and the strong Ontario defence was the difference.

“The Rock won only 2 of 5 games this CRC season, but we are delighted that we have transitioned to a new group of players who have given us much hope for the future” commented Pat Parfrey, Director of the Rock program. ”Simon and I were very happy with individual performances, and the improvement made from the home game v Ontario to the away game was very substantial. This improvement was attributable not only to the players but also to the work Simon has done with the team in the last few weeks. Our job next year will be to expose our young players to high quality opposition, and target another National Championship sometime in the next 5 years”

The degree of the transition made is shown by the names of the squad who did not play on Saturday— Frank Walsh, Peter Densmore, Sean O’Leary, Jebb Sinclair, Chauncey O’Toole, Ken Goodland, Morgan Williams, Tyler Wish, Ciarean Hearn, Phil Mack, furthermore we lost Robert Wilson and Zac Coughlan in the first half to injury.

The last event of the 2011 season will be a dinner on Friday November 18th called "A Tribute to a Warrior - Rod Snow"

This is not a retirement dinner, but one responding to the requests of our supporters on the deck who want to recognize the vast contribution Rod has made to Newfoundland rugby. Some of the proceeds from this dinner will go to support the Rugby World Cup team, featuring 4 of our players, and some to a May tour to Wales for the Rock U25 team.

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