Last Saturday marked the start of the second round of the competition where the Riverside Rebels set out to defeat the Southern Bay Cyclones, a team they’ve never lost to.
The game immediately turned physical after kick-off with both teams looking well prepared for the match and eager to score the first points.
After driving the Cyclones back in the scrums the forwards turned their attention to the lineouts with debutant Patrick Thollar providing veteran Sean Murtagh with some amazing opportunities.
It wasn’t long after that Adney Anitema scored putting the Rebels in front and on the offensive as they battled out the first half.
Keegan Burns beat Southern Bay’s winger down the sideline to add more points to the Rebels total however the Cyclones were able to score leaving immense tension in the air at half time.
As soon as half time was over the Rebels were straight back into it continuing to exhaust their options out wide and play well off the base of the ruck as Adam Mulherin scored under the posts.
With some of the referee’s decisions not rubbing well with the players and those on the sideline, both teams became more vocal as the match went on.
Southern Bay seemed to fire up as this continued and added three more tries and a penalty goal to their total with Brady Lawrence replying for the Rebels with another try out wide.
Riverside were two point down leading into the last play however centre Mark Wilkinson managed to break the line and make his way down the field looking to score until he was held back by a Southern Bay player and awarded a penalty.
Murtagh stepped in and slotted it through the posts, much to Southern Bay’s anguish, however both teams left the field feeling like they had both played a mammoth game.
Tries: Adam Mulherin 1, Keegan Burns 1, Adney Anitema 1, Brady Lawrence 1.
Conversions: Sean Murtagh 2.
Penalties: Sean Murtagh 1.
Southern Bay 25
Tries: Jake McEwan 1, James Miles 1, Nathan Urquhart 1, Neil Willes 1.
Conversions: Andrew McFerran 1.
Penalties: Nathan Urquhart 1.
(Match report compiled by Jim Breene)
The Rebels next match is against Everton Park Roosters on Saturday 1st July at Horse Blake Oval, 95 Hurdcotte Street, Enoggera.
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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