After going toe-to-toe with reigning champs Philadelphia Fight for 70 minutes, the Boston 13s ran out of steam in the dying stages of the see- sawing affair losing 46 – 30.
The 13s certainly had their opportunities to win the game but once fatigue set in, and mistakes and injuries started mounting up, it became an uphill battle.
It was Philadelphia who opened the scoring with their live-wire hooker diving over from close range.
Boston’s wing revelation Urban Iyo got the 13s on the scoreboard, closely followed by a Dustin Cooper try to take a 12-6 lead. Both tries were expertly converted by full back Liam Georgetown.
Philadelphia then levelled the scores before a powerful run by former lineman Curtis Goddard again gave the 13s a six point lead.
The home side though tied up the scores right on half time having capitalized on a 13s error.
The second half started well for the Massachusetts men, scoring first after the break through Cooper again.
It was very short lived however, as Philadelphia wrestled back the lead by crossing twice in quick succession.
Craig McKenzie, playing his first 13s game since the 2012 USARL Grand Final, was next to cross the whitewash and the Georgetown conversion put the 13s up 30-28 with 15 minutes to play.
Silly errors, fatigue, and injuries then let the Fight take control of the game. Three unanswered tries late in the piece rounded out a high level, entertaining game of rugby league.
“We came here and gave the reigning champions a hell of a game, but unfortunately we didn’t have enough to win on the day,” said 13s’ Head Coach Robin Peers. “To be ahead for long periods but to lose in the end is definitely hard to take. We’ll regroup and bounce back and hopefully see Philadelphia again in the playoffs.”