Rock overcomes rust to win at home

Robin Short
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Improves to 3-0; tough road test upcoming with games in Ontario, Nova Scotia

Inside centre Brian MacKenzie of The Rock hauls down full back Cameron Ough of New Brunswick's Black Spruce as he loses the ball during first-half action of the teams Canada Super League (RCSL) rugby game at the Swilers Complex in St. John's on Sunday aft

Theyre unbeaten through three games, outscoring their trio of opponents though Quebec, Ottawa and New Brunswick are hardly beasts of East 134-18 along the way.

Yet Pat Parfrey still isnt a satsfied rugby camper.

No, says the Newfoundland Rocks respected mentor.

Were not where I want them to be. Were not precise enough, and were not fit enough. If we want to win another championship, we have to be fitter.

Another home win

Parfreys charges registered their latest Rugby Canada Super League win Sunday, a 38-9 pasting of the Black Spruce from New Brunswick at the Swilers pitch.

The two-time defending national champs sit second in the East Division, three points behind 4-0 Niagara Thunder.

Robert Wilson, Brian McKenzie, Frank Walsh, Mike Yetman, Andrew Fagan and Sean OLeary scored tries for the St. Johns-based team. Dean Blanks made good on four conversions.

Newfoundland appeared a tad rusty through the first half, perhaps due in part that The Rock hasnt practised as a unit in three weeks.

National commitments

Thats because Fagan, Wilson, McKenzie, Kevin Parfrey, Mike Simpson, Colin Penney and Ciaeran Hearn were busy with Canada East in the new NA4 league, while Geoff Warden was playing for Canada West. Jason Picco and Owen Parfrey are with the Young Canada squad.

There were a lot of handling errors, coach Parfrey said of Sundays game.

There was a fair degree of intensity, but not a lot of precision.

The Rock now prepares to hit the road this weekend, with a game against the Extreme Saturday in Toronto followed by a tilt with Nova Scotia Monday in Halifax.

Newfoundland closes out the schedule Aug. 4 in Burlington, Ont.

That final game, the pundits suggest, will probably determine which team represents the East in the Super League final.

Organizations: Rugby Canada Super League, East Division, Young Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario Quebec Ottawa Newfoundland Canada East Canada West Toronto Halifax Burlington

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