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The Rock fell to the Ontario Blues

The Rock fell to the Ontario Blues 21-19 Saturday in Canadian Rugby Championship play in Burlington, Ontario. After an excellent first half that could have provided more scoring, The Rock held an 11-10 halftime lead from a try by Zac Coughlan and two Dean Blanks penalties.

After giving up the lead in the second half, The Rock scored a last minute try via Chris Burt to bring the score to 21-19. However, the Dean Blanks conversion to tie the game was missed from a tough angle.

The following link to the Rugby Canada website provides game details

The Rock will play Ontario in their final game of the CRC

The Rock will play Ontario in their final game of the Canadian Rugby Championships in Toronto on Saturday September 3rd. Ontario have already been crowned as champions, but the Rock view this as a big game as they are playing for second place.

"Ontario are deserving champions, combining an experienced pack with a young talented back-line.However this game will be an opportunity for our new-look team to develop." said Coach Simon Blanks."This starts our 5 year plan to make this team successful"

In reality the 2011 season has been a year of transition for the Rock from the excellent squad of 2002-2010 to a new squad, driven by injuries to a substantial number of players and to a lesser extent by Rugby World Cup call-ups. The size of the transition is demonstrated by the fact that 10 of the first XV that defeated Canada Selects in May did not play against Ontario 2 weeks ago. There has also been a leadership transition as injuries to Peter Densmore and Tyler Wish deprived the team of their captains, and they have been replaced by Robert Wilson and Owen Parfrey. The final transition has been as Head Coach where Simon Blanks has replaced Pat Parfrey, Simon was forced to miss the Ontario game as he was needed to help the Newfoundland  Statoil under 16 team win a National Silver medal.

Last Saturday The Rock were certainly helped by the return of Kevin Parfrey and Geoff Warden in the game v BC. Mike Simpson also impressed on his return at scrum-half. The Rock played very well for 60 minutes but were under the cosh for the last 20 mins, when down to 14 men, the first 10 minutes for a harsh yellow card and the last 10 for a deserved red card.

"We are pleased that in view of these transitions that we have remained a competitive team and have won 2 out of 4 games played. Our defence has been disappointing but the forwards have played well. In particular we are happy with the progress made by Steve Cutliffe at prop, Owen Parfrey at hooker, Jon Phelan at second row, Justin Meyers at flanker, and Jason Picco at center. Furthermore 5 of last year’s successful under 20 team have played big roles in the CRC - Zac Coughlan, Kyle Baillie, Jordan Power, Shane Stratton and Patrick Parfrey. " commented Director of the Rock program Pat Parfrey.

The squad for Saturday’s game is

Props: Steve Cutliffe, Rod Snow, Chris Burt

Hookers: Owen Parfrey(co-c), Chris Seyler

2nd row:  Brad Lester, Jon Phelan, Toni Wodzicki

Flankers: Justin Meyers, Kevin Parfrey

Number 8: Zac Coughlan, Kyle Baillie

Scrum half: Mike Simpson, Adam Paul

Out-half: Dean Blanks

Centers: Patrick Parfrey, Geoff Warden, Jason Picco

Wings: Rob Wilson©, Rob Turk, Simon Pacey

Full back:  Morgan Lovell

The Rock hung on to defeat the BC Bears

The Rock hung on to defeat the BC Bears 31-30 in Canadian Rugby Championship play yesterday in a nail biter at the Swilers Rugby Complex. 

Down by a score of 31-17 deep into the second half, the Bears scored two tries through Mercier and Rybkowski to narrow the score to 31-30.

The Rock were called for a penalty with moments left on the clock giving Bears fullback Connor Braid (who had scored 20 of his side's points) an opportunity to win the match with a 3 point penalty. With the crowd roaring and using megaphones and crashing cymbals, Braid's kick glanced wide off the left post to give The Rock the victory.

Dean Blanks led The Rock with 16 points from four penalties and two conversions while tries were scored by Kevin Parfrey, Zac Coughlan and Mike Simpson.

The Rock have one CRC match remaining when they take on the Ontario Blues in Burlington on September 3.

 Read more from the Rugby Canada website...


The Rock to play BC in fourth game of CRC

The Rock to play BC in fourth game of CRC

The Rock will play their fourth game of the 2011 Canadian Rugby Championships on Saturday August 27th at the Swilers Complex at 3pm. Following comprehensive defeats to both BC and Ontario the Rock are under pressure to perform well vs BC. The loss of 4 players to RWC had an impact on the quality of play of the Rock, but injuries to key players have had a more substantial impact. For the BC game Peter Densmore, Sean O’Leary, Chris Burt, Morgan Williams and Tyler Wish are out, Kevin Parfrey is doubtful, and Simon Pacey is unavailable. Geoff Warden is likely to return.

" I don’t think the scoreline v Ontario reflected the general play, as the Rock did well in the tight forward exchanges against the big Ontario pack. However our backline defence was disappointing, and both tackling and structure need to improve" commented Rock co-Coach Pat Parfrey. "We have had difficulty in replacing some key players but believe the introduction of new young players will serve us well in the future. Coping with adversity is a key component of elite sports, and I am optimistic our team will improve. The BC backline is exciting with 2 Fijian flyers and quality players in Eric Wilson, Sean Duke and Sean Ferguson"

The Rock squad is

Props: Rod Snow, Steve Cutliffe, Phil Alcock

Hookers: Owen Parfrey, Jordan Power

2nd Row: Brad Lester, Jon Phelan

Flankers: Justin Meyers, Kevin Parfrey, Toni Wodzicki

Number 8: Ken Goodland, Zac Coughlan

Scrum halves: Mike Simpson, Adam Paul

Outhalf:  Dean Blanks

Center: Patrick Parfrey, Geoff Warden, Jason Picco

Wings: Rob Wilson, Rob Turk

Full backs: Phil Mack, Morgan Lovell

The Rock fell to the Ontario Blues

The Rock fell 41-7 to the Ontario Blues Saturday in Canadian Rugby Championship play at the Swilers Rugby Complex.

Co-coach Pat Parfrey thought the depleted Rock played quite well but were beaten by a well-drilled Blues side. "It was a tough ask of our younger players filling in for our World Cup players and injured starters.

They were well in the match into the second half but mistakes such as missed tackles resulted in three late break-away tries." With this second loss in their 5 game CRC season, the Rock will not retain the title they won last season.

The Rock take on the British Columbia Bears next Saturday 3pm at the Swilers Rugby Complex.

The Rock renews rivalry with Ontario in CRC

The Rock renews rivalry with Ontario in CRC

The Rock will play Ontario in their first home game  of the restructured Canadian Rugby Championships on Saturday Aug 20 at the Swilers Rugby Complex.

This competition now comprises 5 games in a league structure with the Champion being the league winner. The quality of the competition now makes all games important. With bonus points and few players lost to the Rugby World Cup, Ontario are well positioned to become this year’s winner. Ontario have beaten BC in BC, gaining a bonus point by scoring 4 tries, and obtained 2 bonus points when losing to the Prairies Wolf Pack. On the other hand The Rock lost to BC, gaining no bonus points, and obtained 4 points by the victory against the Wolf Pack.

The Rock have a substantially altered team from that which beat Canada Selects and narrowly lost to Salta in May. Frank Walsh, Jebb Sinclair, Chauncey O’Toole and Ciaran Hearn are in the Canadian World Cup squad, due to depart for Australia this week, and the squad has been decimated by injury. Gone for the season are Peter Densmore (biceps tendon surgery) and Sean O’Leary (fracture radius), and very doubtful for this weekend are Rod Snow (knee), Tyler Wish (shoulder), Patrick Parfrey (hamstring), Geoff Warden(groin), Morgan Lovell (hamstring). The Rock were very unhappy about their performance in BC, but pleased that they managed to improve substantially against the Wolf Pack, particularly as they overcame the adversity of multiple injuries.

“This will be the least experienced team to represent the Rock for a decade and we will need strong fan support to help us compete against the strongest Ontario team for a long time. Their front 5 is big and strong, comprising 5 Canadian internationals, who have demolished BC and the Wolf Pack in the scrums. There is an intense rivalry between the Rock and Ontario, so it will be an opportunity for our young bucks to perform in a big game” commented co-coach Pat Parfrey

The squad is

Props: Phil Alcock, Chris Burt, Steve Cutliffe
Hookers: Owen Parfrey, Jordan Power

2nd row:  Brad Lester, Jon Phelan, Kyle Baillie

Flankers: Kevin Parfrey, Justin Meyers

Number 8: Ken Goodland, Zac Coughlan

Scrum halves: Morgan Williams, AN Other

Outhalf:  Dean Blanks

Centres: Jason Picco, Simon Pacey, AN Other

Wings: Rob Wilson, Rob Turk, AN Other

Fullback: Phil Mack

The 3 undetermined back  positions will be identified after Tuesday’s practice

Statoil sponsors Rock Rugby Program

Statoil sponsors Rock Rugby Program

Click Image to EnlargeWednesday, August 10, 2011 – The Rock Rugby Program is pleased to announce Statoil Canada Ltd. as their newest sponsorship partner.

The three year partnership, worth a total of $75,000, will provide support to not only the current Canadian Rugby Championship holders, the senior Rock squad, but also to all the Rock’s age group squads, both male and female.

“Rock Rugby is an excellent fit with the sports and education portions of Heroes of Tomorrow,” says Hege Rogno, VP of Canada’s offshore office in Newfoundland. “The Rock Rugby Program has experienced great milestones, including being Canada’s Rugby champions, and we’re proud to be part of this success.”

Throughout their worldwide operations, Statoil have supported talented young people via sponsorships under their Heroes of Tomorrow programme. Rock Rugby helps develop heroes through outreach programs that educate our community’s youth in active lifestyles, fitness, self-esteem and health. It provides youth with competitive experiences in a team environment, which builds trust, confidence and responsibility. 

Rick Graham, Honorary Manager for The Rock Senior Men’s team is excited about the opportunities this sponsorship provides for its players and the community. “We are delighted to have Statoil as our new partner. Our values are very much aligned in the areas of teamwork, fitness, self-esteem and healthy living.”

For more information, contact:

Geoff Coughlan/Rick Graham        Caron Hawco
                                                      Communications and Stakeholder Management Lead,
                                                      Offshore Canada
                                                      p. 709-738-8471

Rock vs Wolf Pack

Rock vs Wolf Pack

The Rock had one of it’s best victories ever when overcoming adversity against the Prairies Wolf Pack last Tuesday ,winning by 28-9. The starting team was very depleted.

In addition to not having the 4 players going to the RWC (Frank Walsh, Jebb Sinclair, Chauncey OToole and Ciaran Hearn ) we were without Ken Goodland, Tyler Wish, Patrick Parfrey, Sean Oleary, Chris Burt, Morgan Lovell and Simon Pacey.

Furthermore Rod Snow was injured in the warm-up and was unable to run while on the field, Peter Densmore ruptured a biceps tendon and was unable to play the second half and Geoff Warden pulled a groin muscle. Nonetheless the less experienced players played really well.

Consequently the team was delighted with their performance.

For the record the team that finished the game was substantially different from the team that played Salta:

Phil Alcock, Owen Parfrey, Steve Cutliffe

Brad Lester, Jon Phelan

Tony Wodzicki, Kevin Parfrey, Kyle Baillie

Adam Paul, Dean Blanks

Yannick Fortin, Robert Wilson, Shane Stratton, Rob Turk

Phil Mack

We will play Ontario at home on Saturday August 20th and have a revenge game v BC on Saturday August 27th.

With our squad diminished by injury and Ontario ahead in the standings, with a full squad unaffected by RWC call-ups, it is no surprise that Ontario will be strong favorites.

However I think this young squad will be up for the game and are very fit.


Rock vs BC

Rock vs BC

The Rock were beaten by the better team on Saturday by 43-19,by 6 tries to 2

On a very hot day the Rock turned the ball over 3 times between min 15 and 25 to go 21-6 down

Although they played valiantly thereafter and came within striking distance with 15 mins to go ,injuries to key players had an effect in the last 10 min, as Sean OLeary retired in the first half (bruised), as did Tyler Wish (concussion) at half, Patrick Parfrey (hamstring), Morgan Lovell (hamstring) and Robert Wilson (bruised) later in the second half

The team for the Tuesday's Prairies game is depleted by injury and will be

  1. Rod Snow
  2. Peter Desmore
  3. Phil Alcock
  4. Brad Lester
  5. Jon Phelan
  6. Justin Meyers
  7. Kevin Parfrey
  8. OwenParfrey
  9. Mike Simpson
  10. Dean Blanks
  11. Shane Stratton or Yannick Fortin
  12. Geoff Warden
  13. Robert Wilson
  14. Rob Turk
  15. Phillip Mack
  16. Steve Cutliffe
  17. Kyle Baillie
  18. Toni Wodzicki
  19. Zac Coughlan
  20. Adam Paul
  21. Shane Stratton or Yannick Fortin
Disappointing start for The Rock in the CRC‏

Disappointing start for The Rock in the CRC‏

The Rock fell 43-19 to the BC Bears in West Vancouver yesterday in their first match of the 2011 Canadian Rugby Championship season. Please see the attached match report from the Rugby Canada website.

The Rock go West for the first two rounds of the Canadian Rugby Championship

The Rock go West for the first two rounds of the Canadian Rugby Championship

July 27, 2011 - The re-structured Canadian Rugby Championships will start this weekend with The Rock playing away to BC and Ontario away to the Prairies on Saturday July 30. The Rock will then play the Prairies on Tuesday August 2, and Ontario will visit BC.

The competition will comprise a league of 5 games for each team between July 30 and September 3, with the champion being the team on top of the league after September 3.

For the BC game, the 2010 Champions The Rock, will be without Ciaran Hearn, Chauncey O’Toole  and Jebb Sinclair (international duties), Ken Goodland (getting married), but  Frank Walsh will play just this game, before he joins the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC) squad.

“The challenge for the Rock this year will be to start replacing members of the sterling pack that has won 4 National Championships” commented Director Pat Parfrey.
“We anticipate good form from the younger group, including Chris Burt, Owen Parfrey, Toni Wodzicki and Zac Coughlan.”

The team is:

  1. Frank Walsh
  2. Peter Densmore
  3. Rod Snow
  4. Sean O’Leary
  5. Jon Phelan
  6. Toni Wodzicki
  7. Kevin Parfrey
  8. Zac Coughlan
  9. Morgan Williams
  10. Dean Blanks
  11. Rob Wilson
  12. Tyler Wish
  13. Geoff Warden
  14. Rob Turk
  15. Morgan Lovell
  16. Steve Cutliffe
  17. Owen Parfrey
  18. Chris Burt
  19. Justin Meyers
  20. Mike Simpson
  21. Patrick Parfrey
  22. Jason Picco

BC will have 4 members of the 2011 RWC squad including Ryan Hamilton, Adam Kleeberger, Nathan Hirayama and Conor Trainor, in addition to several other internationals including Luke Cudmore, Mike Burak and David Spicer.

The Rock team for the Prairies game will be finalized after the BC game, but work commitments demand Chris Burt, Sean O’Leary, Morgan Williams and Dean Blanks go home and Phil Alcock, Brad Lester, Adam Paul and Yannick Fortin come in.

Rock Announce Squad for Canadian Rugby Championship

Rock Announce Squad for Canadian Rugby Championship

July 10, 2011 - The Rock have announced their senior squad of 30 players for the Canadian Rugby Championship and allied u20 squad of 12 players following completion of the Atlantic League and games between Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec. Frank Walsh, Jebb Sinclair, Chauncey O’Toole and Ciaran Hearn have been chosen for Canada’s Rugby World Cup squad and are not included.

“We have decided to choose 30 players for the senior squad plus 2 unprotected players because they have played well with us this year. Similarly we have chosen 12 players for the u20 squad plus 6 unprotected players because we feel the latter have potential for the future” commented the Rock Director of Rugby, Pat Parfrey.

“We intend to invite 3 u20s as members of our senior squad on our upcoming trip to the west: Patrick Parfrey, Kyle Baillie and Yannick Fortin, when we will play BC Bears on July 30 in Vancouver and the Prairie Wolf Pack on August 2 in Calgary.”  

The Senior Squad

Props: Rod Snow NL
            Chris Burt NL
            Phil Alcock NL
            Steve Cutliffe NL, previously PEI
            Jim Bang Que

Hookers: Peter Densmore captain NL
                 Owen Parfrey NL
                 Chris Sayler EORU *

2ND ROW: Brad Lester NL
                   Jon Phelan Que
                   Sean O’Leary NL
                   Andy Nyenhuis NB

Flankers: Kevin Parfrey NL
                  Toni Wodzicki Que
                  Justin Meyers NL
                  Ralph Byers NS

Number 8: Zac Coughlan NL
                    Ken Goodland NL

SH: Morgan Williams NS
       Mike Simpson NL
       Adam Paul NL

OH: Dean Blanks NL
       Patrick Parfrey NL

Centres: Tyler Wish co-captain NL
                 Geoff Warden NL
                 Jason Picco NL
                 Simon Pacey NB

Wings:  Rob Wilson NL
              Rob Turk EORU
              Grant Moffett NL
              Shane Stratton NL *

Full Back Morgan Lovell NL

U20 Squad

Props: Brandon Tennent Que
            Bob Rogers NL
            Alex Marshall NL

Hookers: Jordan Power NL
                  Kaylan Chapman Que*

2nd row: James Hamilton Que*

Flankers: Matt Heaton Que
                  MattO’Reilly NL
                  Seth Hickey NL*

No 8: Kyle Baillie PEI
          Matt Taylor NS

OH:  Yannick Fortin Que

Centres: Thomas Costanza Que
                 Kyle McGuirk NL*
                 Llyer Morris PEI*

Wings: Marc Bennett NL*
             Walker Blizzard NB

FB:  Patrick McNicolas NL

* UNPROTECTED     .    

What Lies Ahead

This week Kelly College,England, visit St John’s to play the Statoil Newfoundland Under 18 team tonight Wed July 6th at 6pm at the Swilers Rugby Complex and the Statoil Newfoundland Under 17 team on Friday July 8th at 6pm at the Swilers.

On Saturday July 9 NewBrunswick Black Spruce will play the Newfoundland Senior team at 3pm at the Swilers Rugby Complex. The Rock are 5-0 in the Atlantic League, and beat the Black Spruce comprehensively 3 weeks ago in Fredericton.This will be the last game before the Canadian Rugby Championships which start on July 30th, when the Rock will play BC Bears away in Vancouver, followed by playing the Prairies WolfPack in Calgary on Tuesday Augudt 2nd. At the same times Ontario Blues will travel to play the Prairies on Saturday and BC Bears on Tues.

The Canada World Cup squad will be announced soon, and we will discover which of our players will go New Zealand and will be unable to participate in the CRC. It is likely we will have to replace half of the fine pack that played earlier in the season against Canada Selects and Salta from Argentina, Jebb Sinclair, Chauncey O’Toole and Ciaran Hearn will probably be selected , perhaps also Frank Walsh, with Kevin Parfrey, Tyler Wish and Jon Phelan being possibles.

The team for Saturday against NewBrunswick is:

  1. Steve Cutliffe
  2. Peter Densmore
  3. Chris Burt
  4. Sean Oleary
  5. Brad Lester
  6. Owen Parfrey
  7. Justin Meyers
  8. Zac Coughlan
  9. Adam Paul
  10. Patrick Parfrey
  11. Grant Moffett
  12. Tyler Wish
  13. Geoff Warden
  14. Jason Picco
  15. Robert Wilson
  16. Phil Alcock
  17. Jordan Power
  18. Frank Walsh
  19. Matt OReilly
  20. Dennis Maher
  21. Shane Stratton
  22. Morgan Lovell


Junior Rock expect 'fierce encounter' with Caribou

Junior Rock expect 'fierce encounter' with Caribou

Newfoundland, Quebec teams meet in an under-20 match Friday, with winner going to Eastern final

The defending Canadian champion Junior Rock may have their hands full when they take on Quebec Caribous in rugby action Friday at the Swilers Complex.

The Rock under-20 squad edged Quebec 26-25 last week and will need another win this weekend to advance to the Eastern Canadian final.

The game against Quebec was "not one for the ages with lots of mistakes made by both teams due to the very wet conditions," said U20 coach Simon Blanks.

Blanks noted all of the Caribou points came as a direct result of the Rock conceding penalties, "either by the boot or by crashing over close to the line from quick tap-and-goes."

Blanks is anticipating another close match Friday.

"The Caribou will arrive in Newfoundland buoyed by the fact they could have won and I anticipate a fierce encounter, " he said.

"Our traditional partisan crowd could be the deciding factor."

"But a major improvement on discipline must be made if The Rock are to win in the return encounter."

The U20 game starts at 5 p.m., and will be preceeded by a senior match between The Rock and Caribou at 3 p.m.

The Senior Rock beat the Caribou 31-5 last week in Quebec.

The Junior Rock team defeated the Vancouver Wave 13-10 to capture the 2010 crown, but British Columbia is not participating in the national playdowns this season.

Instead, Friday's winner will play the Ontario representatives in Ontario on July 23 for the Eastern championship, "always a difficult task," Blanks said.

The Junior Rock looks to be strong overall again this summer.

Newfoundland is returning 80 percent of last year's roster, "so on paper it is a very strong team," said Blanks.

"The entire front row is back and they dominated every other team in the country last year, so I am guessing we should have a solid scrum once again and this will be a main focus of our attack," noted Blanks.

"Obviously, Patrick Parfrey, Jordon Power, Bob Rogers and Kyle Baillie will add something to the squad having spent three weeks at the national camp. Parfrey, Power and Rogers all made Canada's final squad and Baillie was a non-travelling reserve along with Alex Marshall who didn't making the training squad," explained Blanks.

"I'm expecting big things from Seth Hickey and Matt O'Reilly who were excellent at U18 nationals last summer and will certainly provide a wealth of possession at the breakdown," noted Blanks.

"We should have a potent midfield with Parfrey at the helm and of course Patrick McNicholas' goal kicking will feature prominently."

It was McNicholas who booted the game-winning penalty with two minutes to play that carried The Rock to its historic victory last season.

There are some key players missing from last year's squad.

"Zac Coughlan leaves the biggest shoes to fill as he was rampant last year at this level. Shane Stratton, Neil Molloy, Robert Spearing, Craig Lynch and Matt Hebbard are the only other players moving out of the squad," said Blanks.

Rock rolls to ARL triumphs in the Maritimes

Rock rolls to ARL triumphs in the Maritimes

The Newfoundland Rock senior men's rugby team won back-to-back Atlantic Rugby League games in the Maritimes this past weekend. On Sunday in Fredericton, Justin Myers scored three tries and Dean Blanks hit 13 of 14 conversions attempted as the Rock decimated the New Brunswick Black Spruce 96 -10. Grant Moffatt and Robert Wilson supplied two tries each with singles from Peter Densmore, Geoff Warden, Morgan Lovell, Brad Lester and Tyler Wish.

In Saturday's game against the Nova Scotia Keltics in Halifax, Zac Coughlan scored four tries as the Rock won 43-21. Adam Paul, Robert Wilson and Grant Moffatt had single tries for the Rock, who led 14 - 7 at the half.

The Rock are back on the road next weekend where they meet the Quebec Caribou and then face them again on July 1st at the Swilers Ruigby Complex.

Rock under-20's champions at Halifax tourney

Rock under-20's champions at Halifax tourney

Patrick McNicholas scored the winning try, his second of the match, to lead the Newfoundland Rock Under-20 team to a 19-12 win over the Saint John Trojans senior men's team in the elite division championship game of the Halifax Atlantic 7's tournament Saturday in the Nova Scotia capital. After the Trojans took an early 12-7 lead in the second half, Patrick Parfrey scored to set up McNicholas' heroics.

The Rock had blanked the Halifax Tars 21-0 in the semi-final to advance to the championship game. The other members of the championship team coached by Simon Blanks are Mark Bennett, Matt O'Reilly, Denis Maher, Stefan Mackey, Alex Calon, Mike Pittman, Ben Whelan and Leer Morris.

The Rock Defeat Nova Scotia Keltics

The Rock Defeat Nova Scotia Keltics

The Rock defeated the Nova Scotia Keltics 53 - 0 in Atlantic Rugby Series play Saturday at the Swilers Rugby Complex.

Morgan Lovell scored two tries and kicked 4 conversions for the winners. Tyler Wish scored two tries and singles were added by Zac Coughlan, Brad Lestor, Adam Paul, Owen Parfrey and Chris Burt.
Up next for The Rock in pre-Canadian Rugby Championship play are two away games, Nova Scotia on June 17 and New Brunswick Black Spruce on June 19th.



Rock Defeat Cross Keys

In this evening's game The Rock defeated Wales Division 1 side Cross Keys 34-6 in a pre-Canadian Rugby Championship season exhibition match.

The Rock held a 10-3 halftime lead, scoring a try and a penalty in a less than optimal first half performance. The Rock were firing on all cylinders in the second half however, scoring 4 tries and exhibiting great handling skills, open field running and line breaks. Try scorers for The Rock were Geoff Warden (2), Jason Picco, Rod Snow and Zac Coughlan. Robert Wilson kicked a penalty and 3 conversions.

This marks the third time the teams have squared off following Rock tours to Wales in 2009 and 2010.

Welsh team, Cross Keys, to visit Newfoundland

May 25, 2011 - The renowned Welsh Division One rugby club, Cross Keys will arrive in St. John’s on May 28 to play the Swilers Club on Tuesday May 31 and The Rock on Friday June 3. Both games will be at 6pm at the Swilers Rugby Complex. This professional club has hosted The Rock on the 2 previous years in pre-season games and beat them on both occasions.

Cross Keys have just finished their season in mid-table in their league. The Swilers are the best club team in Newfoundland and will have multiple Rock players, including 3 guest players. Morgan Lovell played for Cross Keys prior to emigrating to Newfoundland. He will marry St. John’s Laura Murphy, daughter of the well known soccer executive Brian Murphy, on Friday June 3.

The Swilers squad is:

Chris Burt, Owen Parfrey, Dave Penney, Robin DeSilva, Colin Hearns, Phil Alcock, Brad Lester, Kevin Parfrey, Zac Coughlan, Justin Meyers, Neil Molloy, Adam Paul, Mike Simpson, Morgan Lovell, Tyler Wish, Geoff Warden, Jason Picco, Grant Moffett, Evan Buckley, James Fillier, Kyle McGuirk.

The Rock will be depleted by the absence of Canadian players Jebb Sinclair, Chauncey O’Toole and Ciaran Hearn at the Churchill Cup as well as Kevin Parfrey (exams), Ken Goodland, and Morgan Lovell. However they are in good fettle having beaten Canada Selects and played very well in losing to the Argentinian team Salta 16-13 this month.

In addition to the Rock players in the Swilers squad the following will also play for the Rock :Frank Walsh, Peter Densmore, Rod Snow, Jon Phelan, Toni Wodzicki, Kyle Baillie, Mike Hansom, Ralph Byers, Morgan Williams, Dean Blanks, Simon Pacey, Rob Turk. In this game there will much interest in how the back row plays, as Sinclair and O’Toole are unlikely to play in the Canadian Rugby Championships because they are likely to be selected for Canada in the Rugby World Cup.


Rock Loose to James Bay

May 14th - 2011 - Rock loose to James Bay

In thier second game of their Victoria pre season camp the Rock lost to James Bay 48-38 in a very entertaining contest.The Rock started the 13 players who had not started in the Canada Selects win on the previous day,and the played well ,scoring 5 tries .However the James Bay team SCORED 21 points in the first 20 mins,an advantage the Rock were unable to negate despite some fine offensive work.

"Our defence was not good nor was our scrummge,but Jason  Picco was outstanding at centre and good displays were provided by Simon Pacey and Adam Paul at half back" commented Simon Blanks ,the Rock coach.

Rock scorers were Jason Picco 2 tries ,one try each by Rob Wilson,Kevin Parfrey,and Andy Nyenhuis,with a penalty and 3 converts by Adam Paul,and 2 converts by Dean Blanks.

The Rock team was Steve Cutliffe, Chris Sayler, Phil Alcock, Jon Phelan, Brad Lester, Sean OLeary, Toni Wodzicki, Justin Meyers, Andy Nyenhuis, Adam Paul, Simon Pacey, Brent Rowney, Jason Picco, Rob Turk, Hosam Mobarak, Morgan Lovell

The Rock will play Salta Province Argentina in the Argetina Canada Challenge on Thurs May 19 at the Swilers Rugby Complex at 6pm.


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