Greenmount-Sponsored Cornish Rebels continued their unbeaten start to the South West Mens League season with an away victory against Plymouth Titans.
On a dreadful pitch in red-hot sunshine the visitors went ahead early through loose-forward Captain Jamie Prisk and shortly afterwards Paul Saberton tore through down the left channel to take the second which was converted by Scrum-half Liam Freeman. Next to touch down for the Rebels was George Knowles, who made his debut coming off the bench to score, and fellow debutant Max Duggan then grabbed the first of his brace during a huge rally from the battling Titans who dominated the middle 20 minutes of the first half.
Four tries and three conversions from the home side meant the Rebels were trailing by two before returning stand-off Grant Thirlby and Jamie Prisk both showed great resilience to battle over the line. It was Cornish hooker Darren Pellow who grabbed the last score of the half, finishing a sublime move in the corner to leave it 22-36 at half time.
Rebels centre Decarlo Trerise scored straight from the restart but Titans responded almost immediately to maintain their gutsy performance from the first half. The Plymouth lads found just one more score following tries from Rebels Freeman and another breakaway from Saberton. The game was finished by two quick scores from Rebels’ Lithuanian prop Andrius Zachorouvas who enjoyed a destructive afternoon before finally a second for Duggan completed the rout.
Plymouth will be disappointed not to have kept the Rebels within touching distance for longer, after playing some very entertaining Rugby League at times. They will continue to build after a find performance and will need to regroup quickly before facing Devon Sharks next weekend.
Rebels however, the only unbeaten team in the league, will enjoy a weekend off before the South West Cup Final against the Sharks on Saturday 25th June, venue TBC.
Thomas, Wilson, Trerise, Saberton, Reynolds, Thirlby, Freeman, Scott, Pellow, Zachorouvas, Harry, Mabbott, Prisk.
Reps: Duggan, Scates-Veale, Knowles, Briskham
Tries: Prisk 2, Saberton 2, Knowles, Duggan 2, Thirlby, Pellow, Trerise, Freeman, Briskham, Zachorouvas 2.
Cons: Freeman 5/10, Thirlby 1/3, Saberton 0/1
Referee: Andy Bickle.