The Boston 13s continued their march towards the USA Rugby League playoffs on Saturday with a convincing 28-12 victory over rivals Brooklyn Kings.

USA International Matthew Shipway was influential throughout, opening the scoring in the first quarter by crashing over the try line from close range. Anthony MacQueston added the extra two points to put Boston in the lead 6-0.

Brooklyn hit back not long after to even it up at 6-6 when poor 13s defense around the ruck enabled the Brooklyn hooker to break from 50 yards out.

13s hooker AJ Mudford then made his mark scoring the first of his two tries by diving over from close range to take the 13s into the lead 12-6.

Anthony MacQueston prepares to convert another 13s try. ©Andrew Takes Photos

Boston then started to assert their dominance.

Tries to Reece Purcell, Mudford again, and Ryan Forgione, and superb goal kicking by Anthony MacQueston ensured a comfortable lead that would not be troubled.

The Kings finished the days scoring with a consolation try late in the 4th quarter to make the final score 28-12.

However, the impressive win did come at a cost.

Australian import Michael Bright suffered a broken jaw and will be sidelined for eight weeks. Patrick Canty and Trevor McKenzie both finished the match a little worse for wear but will recover fine for this weeks blockbuster against current champions Philadelphia Fight.

The 13s victory means they need just one win from the last two games to seal the North East divisional title, and a home game in round one of the playoffs.

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