The Rebels sent a clear message to the South West Mens League with a convincing 6 – 80 victory against Exeter Centurions on their league début…
After a weekend to forget last week, The Rebels took both points today and recorded a clinical victory against a Centurions team who will find little consolation in their solitary converted try. The Rebels racked up an 80 point master class and were lead to victory by Player-Coach Jonny Platt who, along with Darren Pellow racked up a hat-trick on their first outings in black and gold. Platt shared kicking duties with Paul Saberton who also ran in two tries as did Matt Williams, Ethan Pattison and Royal Navy prop Kye Beasley.
The Rebels will take great encouragement from their début victory and go into their first home fixture vs. Devon Sharks in two weeks time firmly on the front foot.
Hat-trick hero Darren Pellow gives his account of the day;
“Cornwall kicked off and were immediately under pressure from Exeter and early, consecutive penalties gave Exeter solid possession in the Cornwall red zone but solid defence but some big tackles kept Exeter out and Cornwall managed to take the ball 80 metres on their first real posession of the game allowing Ethan Pattison to crash over from a couple metres for the first try of the game.
This was quickly followed by another Pattison try, and following that, a length of the field break out allowing Darren Pellow to touch down under the posts. Johnny Platt quickly followed suit with his first score of the day before Exeter capitalised on a rare mistake in the defence to cross for a score.
Matt Williams and Scott Marshall also crossed before half-time and The Rebels went into the break leading 6 – 32.
Cornwall came out for the second half even more fired up than they were in the first, and were quickly into their stride with Player-Coach Johnny Platt and Rebels captain Darren Pellow scoring there second tries of the day.
The flood gates had now opened and the Exeter defence collapsed as The Rebels ran riot; Paul Saberton, Kye Beasley & Matt Williams all crossing the try line twice, Locryn Williams showed his turn of pace for a length of the field try, with Platt and Pellow completing there hat tricks in the closing stages.
Platt and Saberton shared the kicking duties on the day and converted 8 of the 16 tries in total.”
“The boys really turned up today, you could tell from training and the attitude the boys were showing right from the first minute they turned up to the game that they were raring to go.
our defence in the first 10 minutes was immense and really set us up for the rest of the game, Exeter just couldn’t break through us and because our defence was so solid our attack just took care of itself.
considering this was our first ever rugby league game and our first game together as a team I couldn’t be more proud ”
Final Score: Exeter Centurions 6 – 80 Cornish Rebels
Tries: Platt 3, Pellow 3, Saberton 2, Williams 2, Pattison 2, Beasley 2, Marshall & Loccryn
Conversions: Platt 5, Saberton 5