Phoenix Rugby Academy Wins Both Matches at the Greenville Rugby Jamboree, Jan. 18, 2014

Updated Sunday September 14, 2014 by Alpharetta Phoenix Rugby.

The Phoenix Rugby Academy team took a 17 man squad to Greenville on Saturday to play in the annual Greenville Rugby Jamboree. The first match was against Greenville Red Raiders and Phoenix began the game with great intensity and discipline, going through the phases with strong carries from Kurt Meyer, Chandler Cox and John Quinlan before releasing the backs to score a well taken try from Ruan Meyer. Phoenix dominated possession in this game, remained committed to the game plan throughout, and eventually scored a total of 9 x tries from Chandler Cox (2), Ruan Meyer (2), Trey Gibson (2), Kurt Meyer, Austin Willis and Garrick Glaudin. Lechandt Opperman, who managed his backs well on the day, added 4 x conversions to bring the Phoenix tally to 53 points for the game. In addition to winning all of the Phoenix scrums, hooker Parker Nelson added 3 x Greenville scrums on what was a terrific performance. Will Good made his Phoenix debut in this game, hopefully the first of many in the club jersey. Trey Gibson was very impressive in this game making a number of powerful runs after fielding Greenville kicks -- he will clearly be a Phoenix "star" in the games ahead. So, 3 x tries from the forwards and 6 x tries from the backs was an ideal ratio in what was a dominating Phoenix performance overall with all 17 squad members playing in the game. Final score: Greenville 0 : Phoenix 53.

In the second game Phoenix were matched against a strong Union County team. Previous games against this club have been hard physical struggles and this was no exception. As with the prior encounter, Phoenix opened strongly with Chandler Cox touching down early and Ruan Meyer adding a strong individual try under the posts to give Phoenix a healthy 12 to 0 lead. Tanner Simpson and Ruan Meyer added further scores to leave the half-time gap at Union County 3 : Phoenix 24. During this half, Phoenix made two very impressive goal line stands only conceding a Union County drop goal ---- this tenacious attitude in tandem with impressive tackling defined the game and resulted in a Phoenix victory. Although behind, Union County were not giving up and the second half was a more even contest with Kurt Meyer scoring a good try and both Tanner Simpson and Ruan Meyer adding to their totals. Union County finally crossed the Phoenix line to record the only try conceded by the Phoenix team over the weekend. Again, all 17 players played and the final score was Union County 10 : Phoenix 43.

Ruan Meyer did an admirable job captaining the side in the two games and Austin Willis, debuting at scrum half, was named the Phoenix Player of the Day --- well done Austin! A terrific day of rugby for all those involved, players, coaches and spectators, no injuries of note plus a wonderful result for Phoenix Rugby.

Niall Fenton