With victory over the Brooklyn Kings on Saturday, the Boston 13s have started the 2015 season with back to back wins against their two New York rivals.
Boston returned to The Irish Cultual Center (Canton, MA) for their round 2 home opener versus the second seasoners.
Fresh off a great round 1 victory, the 13s got to work early when a superb Steve Saluti offload put Lawrence Crilley over to score.
The next 10 minutes was a bit of an arm wrestle where both forward packs jostled for supremacy.
Boston were finally able to crack the Brooklyn defence at the 13 minute mark when Erik Shepard-Lewis found himself in the clear for an 80 yard run. Two tackles later Saluti became the scorer this time, crossing out wide to put the 13s up 10 nil.
It wasn’t long though before the Kings hit back when Mark Hanke, running a great line, crossed under the Boston posts to close the scores to 10-6.
The match then became a one sided affair.
Crilley crossed for his second before flying Hawaiian Urban Iyo scored a remarkable 60 yard try off a kick return.
Hooker Conor Leahy then put Saluti over for his second while a well worked move saw Tyler Ierardi feed Ryan Forgione to round out the first half scoring.
The 13s came out flying again in the second half and crossed two minutes in through debutant Sean Richards. Liam Georgetown then got in on the act with two long range efforts, the second a 100 yard effort after a Brooklyn error attempting to score at the other end.
The game then turned sour for the 13s in a matter of two minutes.
Veteran prop Jonpaul Davis was red carded for an infringement in the ruck as Joe Venables attempted to play the ball. Almost immediately Venables gained some revenge by scoring from close range to make the score 48-12. Unfortunately the impressive day out for 13s Saluti and Georgetown came to an early end when both were injured in a sickening head clash while trying to prevent the Venables try.
Both players are likely to miss the trip to Philadalphia next week.
The last 10 minutes saw speedster Iyo cross twice more. The Kings also got over again themselves to round out the game at 60-18 to the impressive home team.
“It’s always nice to see your team put in an impressive performance so early in the season but there is certainly some work to do especially on our defense,” said 13s Head Coach Robin Peers. “Brooklyn exposed us at times so we need to shore that up before next weeks game.”
The 13s’ USARL star points were awarded as follows:
3* Urban Iyo
2* Steve Saluti
1* Marcos Flegmann