Phoenix Rugby Academy vs. Roswell RFC, Feb. 26, 2014

Updated Sunday September 14, 2014 by Alpharetta Phoenix Rugby.

On a very cold Wednesday evening at North Park the Phoenix Academy team took on Roswell RFC in a postponed but long anticipated league encounter.

Phoenix, playing without the suspended Garrick Glaudin and injured Spencer Damiano, started strongly and opened the scoring with a well taken try from Tanner Simpson following concerted pressure from the Phoenix forwards. This was well converted from an acute angle by Leshandt Opperman. This conversion would prove significant when Roswell came back to score an unconverted try from scrum half Andrew Pretorius as it meant that Roswell were forced to chase the game until the last 15 minutes. The Phoenix defense was much stronger than in previous games, although many of the tackles made were high as opposed to low. Three goal line stands resulted in zero points for Roswell and the sides went into the half time break with Phoenix leading 7 to 5. Clearly, everything was there to be played for in the second half.

Roswell continued to press the Phoenix defense without being able to score in the early part of the half until finally Trey Gibson burst through the Roswell defense to score two wonderful tries and put the game out of reach. Trey was awarded the man of the match award for his efforts but special mention must also be made of team captain John Quinlan who both played and captained exceptionally well on the night.

All in all this was a good win for Phoenix with game debuts being made by Devon Coppin and Hamilton Hooper, both of whom had strong debuts --- stars of the future! The tackling needs to improve but the team appear to be making positive progress and are playing controlled and disciplined rugby.

Final Score 21-5.  This result takes the team record to an unbeaten 6 - 0 overall and 2 - 0 in the league and promises well for the upcoming league games against Mill Creek, Lassiter Trojans, Pope Greyhounds and Lambert plus the all-important Charlotte tournament where Phoenix Rugby are the defending champions.

Niall Fenton