As part of the ongoing partnership between our club and St Helens RLFC, the first team travelled to the North on Saturday before facing a combined St Helens Academy/Reserves team at Cowley International College on Sunday 29th January.
Arriving in Warrington on Saturday evening the players enjoyed their 2016 presentation evening where Players Player, Player of the Year & Clubman of the year were announced before the shirt presentations for the game the following day.
On Sunday the Greenmount Carpets-sponsored Rebels arrived at Cowley at 10:30am before taking to the field against a Saints side strewn with First Team squad members for what was always going to be an unbelievable test of will, attitude, physicality and skill.
It turned out to be just that as the Rebels were able to utilise their links with the West of England League’s Somerset Vikings to bring in youngster and Players Player of the season, 19-year old George Day, Assistant Player-Coach Dan Hinton to bolster the ranks. With that, South West Rugby League stalwart, long-time Vikings Secretary and St Helens super-fan Bob Blainey was able to fulfil a lifelong-ambition of playing against his favourite club from the bench.
The Saints youngsters who had internationals amongst them proceeded to run in the tries from well-drilled moves whilst the Rebels had a day of hard tackling for the most part. Decarlo Trerise and Pete Mabbott both had a huge defensive impact.
With the ball in hand, the Rebels looked good, held up over the whitewash several times the biggest disappointment coming when George Knowles was denied in the very last minute. The Cornish regularly finished their sets just a few yards short of the line, emphasising the unbelievable defensive technique of the future stars of Super League. Liam Freeman & Jack Scott were picked out by the St Helens coaches as the men of the match, Scott for his power in both attack and defense and Freeman for his neat handling and intelligent distribution.
With no kicking for goal, the Rebels were denied a much needed rest between tries and much more time was given to open play, in order to give the Saints youngsters valuable minutes on the pitch as they look to defend their Super League Grand Final Winners title in 2017.
The Cornish Rebels would like to thank St Helens RLFC for their invitation and experience, and for looking after us throughout the day. Sadly, the pre-season friendly between the Saints first-team and Castleford Tigers ended in defeat for a very rusty St Helens side.
We would also like to say a massive thank you to our sponsors; Greenmount Carpets, Glynn Hopkinson, South Wales Ironmen, Cass & Ewan Simpson, Tehidy Road Post Office, The Compton Castle, Truro, Hampshire Educational, WG Security Services and Graham Henthorne for their support for the trip and for the 2017 season.
- Jodi Briskham
- Dillon Loake
- Dec Trerise
- Pete Mabbott
- Dan Hinton
- Jamie Prisk
- Liam Freeman
- Jack Scott
- Callum Abbott
- Andrius Zachorouvas
- George Day
- Danz Faamatuainu
- George Knowles
- Michael Abbott
- James Griffiths
- Bob Blainey
- Connor Willoughby