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From the Saracen Press

Thirds Demolish Irish

Posted on 2001-06-13 by Agustin Louro

The thirds faced an out-numbered Irish squad today at the C.R.U. Despite the C.C.I.A.C.'s best efforts, the Saracens forwards were too strong and the backs too evasive.

Because the Irish were forced to start with 13 players and didn't benefit from a 14th until ten minutes into the match, the Saracens thirds were able to draw the opposition defence thin and attack with relative ease. Strong running from the Saracens back line (thanks to a dominant base provided by the forwards) proved simply too much to handle as Craig Dansereau scored under the posts; converted by Butch Rattai.

It was not until the teams were almost at even strength, though, that the Saries truly got going with three tries from Man of the Match Rattai and one each from lock Kai Elsner, number eight Jarod Neufeld, and centre Shayne Kuzek. Three conversions from Rattai followed by two from half-time replacement flyhalf Randy Wilkie brought the tally up to 45 points on the night.

The game was not without its flaws, however, as shoddy passing led to one Irish try and hesitant tackling to another. The Irish kicker was unable to convert either one, making the final score 45-10.

The thirds now look forward to facing a likely more challenging opponent in Lethbridge on the weekend. Although our southerly opponents are boast an average 2-2 record after four matches, recent history shows that the boys from the 'Bridge are always excellent adversaries and can in no way be taken lightly.