2006-10-13 / Sports

Fisheads Trounce Monmouth To Even Rugby Record

The Rockaway Fisheads traveled to Monmouth New Jersey last Saturday and paid a call on the rebuilding Monmouth Rugby Club. The hosts will not likely welcome the Fisheads back anytime soon as the locals blasted Monmouth 50-3 in one of the most one sided matches in recent memory.

Rockaway took another step toward reclaiming their place among the Division 2 elites after a 0-2 start placed the season in peril.

"We are back on the right track at 2-2" said Mike the Russian in his somewhat broken version of the English language. "Now we have to turn up the heat for the rest of the season. If we finish 5-2 we will get either second or third and make the play-offs again."

Another play-off berth would be the fourth consecutive trip to the post season for the Fisheads who are looking to get to the next level this year after 3 painfully close play-off defeats. "We can't get ahead of ourselves and put ourselves in the postseason just yet" said veteran Kevin Wrafter.

"We have 3 matches to go against 3 tough teams. Morris, Montclair and the Village lions are all tough squads. They have play-off ambitions of their own and we will have to be ready for them. Taking any of them for granted will be fatal because nobody is making the play-offs with 3 losses. We have no margin for error here and must be at our best from here on out."

The locals looked to be near the best they could be at Monmouth as they scored at will and bullied the host team with savage pack play throughout.

The speed and athleticism of the visiting New Zealand boys and the return of a newly groomed Ash "The New Zealand Bleeder", complimented the Fisheads trademark rough stuff and the match was basically over the moment it began.

Rookie sensation Shaggy scored another impressive try and seems to be the Fisheads best new find in many years. Brian O'Grady returned to the lineup and performed superbly, adding a score from 40 meters out on a dazzling burst to the end zone. It was textbook rugby from a team that has just recently gotten its groove back. "We can do great things from here on out if we stay focused and do the things we do well.

If we lose focus and try to play beyond ourselves, we will get tripped up. One game at a time as the adage goes" said the gruff but momentarily contented Grouch McCann.

The Fisheads return to Fort Tilden this Saturday to face the visiting Morris Lions Rugby Club. The Fisheads expect a play-off atmosphere and an exciting match with a lot on the line for both sides. "Every week is a must win from here on out" said player/coach Bob Johnson. "In essence the play-offs began for us in week 3.

We cannot lose again this season. With each win we live another day. One loss and we die. It's not that complex. Win or die."

Kick-off is at 1:00 p.m. with a post match party at the famous Rugby Clubhouse at 114 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Come out and support your Rockaway Fisheads and see great hard hitting rugby!!! BE THERE.

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