No love was lost at the Irish Cultural Center on Saturday when Boston and Rhode Island came together in round three of the USARL season.
It only took four minutes for Boston to open the scoring in the local derby, as new recruit Kiwa Oakes capitalized on a Matt Shipway break to score with his first touch in a 13s uniform.
The home team piled on the pressure throughout the whole first quarter, and were rewarded with tries to AJ Mudford, and new boy Michael Bright after running a great line off fellow Aussie Reece Purcell.
The second quarter started with both teams battling for field position. It wasn’t until the 26th minute that the 13s were again able to get on the board via USA International Shane Begin.
The Rebellion got back into the game and piled on some pressure, but in what was a sign of things to come, Erik Shepard-Lewis lashed out at prop Patrick Canty and both were sent to calm down for 10 minutes by referee Cody Kuxmann.
Boston’s backs took advantage of the extra space, crossing twice through Anthony MacQueston and Ryan Forgione to round out the half 34-0.
The hard work that Rhode Island had put in during the first half was rewarded early in the second when impressive second rower Chad Warnock bundled his way over for a try.
However, the joy was short lived as Rebellion half Mitch Winters was red carded.
Four players joined Winters on the sideline soon after when a fight broke out. Begin (13s) and Price (RI) were both red carded for starting the scuffle, and Mo Mascary (13s) and Akii (RI) for joining in.
The 13s added five tries to their already large tally, while the Rebellion saw Warnock cross for his second, and John St John for his first to cap off the day.
In the afternoon’s ‘reserve grade’, game the 13s were victorious 32-8 in what was a great hit out for some of the fringe players.
Frenchman Maxime Silvera scored 4 tries, and surely must be in Peers’ first grade plans going forward. Zakk Powers & Jonathan Bath were the other try scorers.