A talented James Bay side came out strong at home Saturday, putting the Rowing Club down 14-0 in the first eight minutes with a backline adept at making and finding holes in a Rowers defense that looked early-on like it left any sense of shape on the bus.
Following another James Bay try in the 17th minute on a series of picks from the base, eighth man Colin Cooper could be heard from the sideline asking his team mates under the posts if they wanted to play.
There were some flashes of brilliance in an otherwise disappointing result. Flanker Rory Sanderson made an enormous cover tackle in the thirty fourth minute to keep the play in the Rowers end and preserve some momentum. The attack got a spark in the 49th minute as center Taureen Sheehan broke a defender’s ankles with a stepback move, proceeded to carry for at least 60 yards before kicking it past the fullback, into the end goal, and losing a race to the ball.
Sheehan’s effort could have been a condensed metaphor for the Prems’ effort yesterday: Some brilliant individual efforts that never managed to give the support an opportunity to help.
When they DID put it together, the Rowing club made it work. Center Jordan W-R had a characteristically excellent game on both sides of the ball including a deep run on a counter attack int he 71st minute, and an offload to Sanderson who in turn popped it to rookie half-back Dominic Howard for his first try as a Rowers Prem. Tight head prop Robbie Spearing showed a lot of toughness and ability in the scrum and on attack. An inside line in the 25th finding the end goal to put the Prems on the board.
The Rowers Prems will play their final game of the regular season next Saturday, away against the Castaway Wanderers.