Last weekend the Riverside Rebels took to the field for their anticipated round three clash against the Redlands Mudcrabs in their second home game of the season.
Riverside was on the attack early with fly half Timothy Mitchell scoring their first try and securing an early lead.
The Mudcrabs struck back scoring two quick tries with both teams battling in the scrums and lineouts seeking to dominate play.
The Rebels had many attempts at scoring on the wing as they sought to spread the ball to outside players but their main driving force came from their tough forwards.
The Rebels came together at half time with Captain Justin Benfield, Sean Murtagh and Adam Mulherin sharing some inspiring words with the team before returning to the field.
The Rebels attacked early in the second half with Vaasa Afa crossing the line with in an inspiring play setting the tone for the second half.
The forwards continued to dominate scrums with props David Gall and Brendan Alexander driving the other team off the ball.
Redlands struck back putting more points on the board until Adam Mulherin scored adding more points for the Rebels.
Redlands inside centre Tyler Papuni managed to score two runaway tries despite the efforts of Rebels Mark Wilkinson chasing him on the wing.
Rebels Sam McIvor crossed the line and scored however Redlands stood victorious with a 41-28 win.
The Rebels now turn their focus to the undefeated Brisbane Irish whom they will be versing at home this Saturday.
Tries: Vaasa Afa 1, Adam Mulherin 1, Timothy Mitchell 1 & Sam McIvor 1
Conversions: Sean Murtagh
Penalties: Sean Murtagh 2
Tries: Tyler Papuni 3, Jason Rogers 1, Alan Hannam 1 & Ethan Rikihana 1
Conversions: Ethan Rikihana 4
Penalties: Ethan Rikihana 1
(Match report compiled by James Breene)
The Riverside Rebels would like to take this opportunity to thank their sponsors for their valuable support throughout 2017: Oxford 152, SQP, Angus Meats, Timeline Project Services, Hawthorne Garage, Black Dog Building Projects, Excell Rehab, The Alliance Hotel, Intercept Teamwear, Brisbane Solar & Electrical, Hoppy’s Handwash Cafe, Walshs Chartered Accountants, Black Jacket Suiting and Nobul Recruitment.
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