Somerset Vikings 30 – 100 Cornish Rebels
The Cornish Rebels made it three wins out of three to maintain their status at the top of the South West Mens League by putting 100 points past a Somerset Vikings side that have been rooted to the bottom since the opening day of the season.
After Adam Kevern opened the scoring, hat-tricks from Alex Ducker and Aaron Hunt and two from Captain Darren Pellow were only marginally overshadowed by a solid kicking display from Grant Thirlby, who took 30 points from an attempted 32 to maintain the daylight between the visitors and their hosts.
The Rebels hit the road without a significant portion of the 13 which started last weekends victory over Devon and it was down to fullback turned hooker-for-the-day Pellow to run the show in the absence of former Plymouth Titans hooker and Rebels player-coach Jonny Platt. Team Manager John Beach handed six players their debut’s to keep the vast playing roster fresh and fully rotated for the rest of the their inaugural campaign.
Two tries a piece from Sam Bristow, Rob McIntyre and Adam Notman added insult to injury for a Somerset side who struggled in the heat at times, but who had bursts of good possession. They perhaps might have fared better against a team with less offensive prowess than a Rebels team looking to open up a lead at the top of the division on points scored before playing their game in hand against Plymouth Titans at Redruth next weekend. The Vikings should take some consolation in the fact that they scored more points against The Rebels than the other teams they have played this season, including current champions Devon Sharks.
Cornwall RFU second-row Ashley Lawton and prop Ethan Pattison maintained their 100% scoring records both notching a single try to make it two from two and three from three respectively. Lawton was to try his boot at kicking until an over-energised Notman sprinted from the half-way line to steal the conversion and secure the extras, to underline the mood in the Rebels camp as being one of firm togetherness and a team enjoying their rugby league.
Attention for The Rebels will now switch to two back-to-back home games. Firstly, the re-arranged opening fixture against Plymouth Titans followed by a league-cup double header at home to Exeter Centurions who will be encouraged by their narrow defeat to Devon Sharks this afternoon.
Cornish Rebels: Rob Mcintyre, Adam Notman, Aaron Hunt, Sam Bristow, Jake Butcher, Adam Copeland, Grant Thirlby, Adam Kevern, Darren Pellow, Ethan Pattison, Martin Middlewood, Sam Bartle, Ashley Lawton
Subs: Ian Cook, Craig Saunders, Matt Williams, Martin Lawrence, Alec Plunkett, Alex Ducker.
Tries: Hunt (3) Ducker (3) Pellow (2) McIntyre (2) Bristow (2) Notman (2) Lawton, Kevern, Pattison, Lawrence.
Goals: Thirlby 16, Notman 1
By Rob Butland