Phoenix Varsity Continue to Win
January 11, 2016Updated Sunday December 9, 2018 by Niall Fenton.
Following a last minute cancellation by Chapin Eagles of the scheduled Saturday fixture, Lambert Rugby stepped into the breach to provide opposition to Phoenix on the following Monday night at North Park.
Lambert were short a number of players and Phoenix volunteered to provide the necessary bodies in order for the fixture to proceed. This arrangement allowed more Phoenix players to gain match time and to impress the Phoenix coaches in a competitive environment while allowing Lambert some game exposure. The weather on the night was clear with perfect conditions for rugby.
The game opened with Phoenix, fielding primarily Junior Varsity eligible players, putting pressure on the Lambert line with some good forward play. A smart offload to winger Greg Pelland led to a try in the corner with the conversion narrowly missed by Ollie Kennett. Phoenix was soon in the scoring area again and, after several nice offloads from Omari Rincon to Nick Zimmer to Captain, Mitchell Blair, who cantered over for the score. Greg Pelland shanked the conversion to leave the score at Phoenix 10, Lambert 0. Lambert was next on the scoreboard after a Phoenix kick was not chased correctly allowing Lambert to make ground down the sideline to within a few yards of the Phoenix line. The ball was dotted down from the ensuing ruck. Mitchell Blair showed great vision and speed in immediately responding for Phoenix. From a scrum in the middle of the field, he sprinted through several tacklers to score under the posts. The kick, from Ollie Kennett, was good.
With several player combinations being deployed on both sides, the game then swung back and forth with Phoenix finally putting the game away by running in three straight tries in the second half from the speedy Da’Mon Ingram plus two long runs from scrumhalf Nick Koumandarakis. The game finished with Phoenix winning 41 to 19 on the night.
Our thanks go out to Lambert who, despite not having a full squad, still honored the fixture and played a great game. Next up for Phoenix is the annual match-up with regional rivals Charlotte Tigers plus another competitive fixture with North Mecklenburg. Both games will be played in Charlotte next week.