After an extended break due to last week’s postponed match versus Connecticut, the Boston 13s put on an extremely impressive team performance to blow away rivals Rhode Island Rebellion in round 6 of the USA Rugby League.
Emphasizing the team effort, more than half the 13s squad got on the scoresheet in the 95º heat. Equally impressive in defense, Boston held the previously free-scoring Rebellion to just 12 points.
Experienced front rower Jonpaul Davis got things underway with his first try of the season crashing over from close range.
Boston’s ‘Latino left edge’ combined as second rower Marcos Flegmann’s offload saw Lucas Baistrocci touch down in the left corner before French international hooker Kane Bentley scored in the same corner with a dart from the scrum base.
On 24 minutes, a quick 20 restart saw Dustin Cooper race 70 yards before he fed the supporting Liam Georgetown for try number four.
Second Rower Trevor McKenzie got in on the act in the 27th minute when he took a strong carry over 50 yards to score, running through or round at least five defenders in the process.
Flying Hawaiian Urban Iyo crossed with yet another long range effort to add to his growing collection before fellow winger Tyler Ierardi crossed wide right to take the score to 38-0 at half time.
It took just 2 minutes for the deadlock to be broken in the second half. Cooper made an initial break and fed the supporting Davis. Davis was tackled just short of the line but his front row partner Curtis Goddard was on hand to score on the next tackle.
The home team then composed themselves somewhat and started to enjoy some more possession of the ball. They capitalized on this in the 50th minute with a try down their right side, which was expertly converted from the sideline.
Boston used the defensive area as motivation and responded with two quick fire tries.
Lebanese international Mike Elias scored a great long range effort, and fellow ‘cedar’ Kevin Sassin broke the line before offloading to the supporting Greg Richer.
The final 10 minutes saw Iyo and Georgetown score their second of the game as well as Patrick Canty scoring with a strong run from a tap penalty. The home team also added a converted try of their own leaving the final score 72-12..
13s Head Coach Robin Peers said after the match, “It was a solid team performance today and great to get a good win over a strong divisional opponent. We did start slowly though and were sloppy early on, something that we’ll need to avoid come the business end of the season”.