REBELS COMPLETE ARMED FORCES DOUBLE WITH VICTORY OVER RAF AT THE REC
Greenmount-sponsored Cornish Rebels RLFC completed an Armed Forces double on Saturday as they defeated Royal Air Force Rugby League by 20 points to 12 in the pounding rain on Camborne’s Recreation Ground.
After a lively opening ten minutes for the hosts debutant Rhys Bright found himself breaking through on the right wing to open his account, and the days scoring, for the Rebels. A well organised RAF immediately took the ball deep into the Rebels half but the kick was dropped and the Rebels found themselves with some breathing space in the face of a team which were proving to be physical and who were completing their sets of six well.
Perhaps against the run of play, the Rebels were the next team to score, this time through James Martin who finished a nice shift down the line after some out-of-character ill-discipline from the visitors allowed him to dive over in a similar style to Brights earlier in the half.
It was almost half time when the RAF finally broke their own deadlock. After a try saving tackle from Martyn Lawrance the they took it back 5 metres and to dived over in the corner. They converted, as the Rebels had failed two on both their tries, to make it 8-6 at the break.
The first score in the second half saw the RAF take the lead for the first time, and their kicking proved pivotal as they took an 8-12 lead. The sides battled valiantly in torrid conditions throughout the second half, both racking up a penalty count to be forgotten.
With just a few minutes remaining on the clock, Rebels stand-off Jamie Prisk capped a fantastic performance with a try under the posts. He converted to take the lead, and within two minutes of the restart the Rebels were in again through prop Andrius Zachorouvas which Prisk also converted on the final whistle to take the full time score to 20-12.
The RAF will be disappointed to have allowed their lead to slip after looking comfortable at time, but it was the Rebels who maintained never let them out of their site and who ultimately took the spoils in an even game; further proof that Cornish Rugby League has what it takes to compete against heavily-experienced Rugby League teams.
The Cornish Rebels are in action again at home this Saturday against bitter rivals Devon Sharks in the first leg of the Tamar Shield. The game is free entry again and kicks off at 2:30pm at Camborne RFC.
Interchanges: Michael Abbott, Ben Plummer, AJ Leverton.
Tries: Bright, Martin, Prisk, Zachorouvas
Cons: Prisk 2/4