The Boston 13s have progressed through to the USARL Northern Conference Championship game with a resounding 42-24 victory over New England counterparts Rhode Island Rebellion.
Still reeling after blowing a lead the week before and giving up a home playoff game, the 13s stepped things up to ensure there wasn’t a repeat performance.
It was the boys from the ocean state who jumped out of the blocks quickest, scoring in the first five minutes.
The 13s soon found their groove when rookie Steve Saluti ran a great attacking line out wide to touch down and register Boston’s first four pointer of the night.
Enter Matt Shipway.
Thrusting himself into the attack, the Tomahawks star crossed for Boston’s second and third tries, quickly giving them the lead.
Exciting center Stu Harris was next on the scoresheet, being fed out wide nicely by captain Marcos Flegmann.
Some massive defense from center Trevor McKenzie paved the way for Shipway to grab his hat-rick just before halftime, extending the 13s lead to a comfortable 26-10.
The second half started off pretty evenly, and the deadlock wasn’t broken until the 48th minute.
Again it was the 13s that crossed the whitewash, picking up where they left off.
Giant prop Curtis Goddard crashed over from close range to score his first try in a 13s jersey.
Rhode Island continued to pepper the defensive line, and eventually broke through to score their third.
However, the 13s put the game well and truly out of reach by crossing twice in quick succession. Harris claimed his second at the 55th minute, and Jamaican International Gully Campbell got his name on the scoresheet by finishing off a terrific AJ Mudford break.