Rebels Ride Bulls Out Of Town
The Newcastle Rebels have progressed through to the semi finals of the Under 18's AAMI Country Championships with a victory over the Bidgee Bulls at Muswellbrook today.
The Rebels put together a much improved display as they accounted for their Southern counterparts by 28 points to 16 to move into next week's semi finals with an undefeated record.
It was the Bulls who opened the scoring though an unconverted try to Dean Turner in the right hand corner after some slick lead up play from the Bidgee side.
The Newcastle left side of attack picked up from where they left off in yesterday's Round 1 Match when Thomas Morton showed plenty of speed to break the line and beat the fullback to score. The Rebels led 6 - 4 after Matt Ireland converted the try and were never headed as they continued to put the pressure back onto the Bulls.
Morton was at it again from a clever scrum play and found himself in another foot race with the fullback after Mitch Cullen created him some space and the Rebels extended their lead to 12 - 4. A mistake from a 20 metre re-start gifted Newcastle possession and Tom Rouse took full advantage crossing under the posts to send Newcastle to the half time break 18 points to 4 leaders.
Rebels coach Paul Skovgaard challenged his players to continue the pressure in the second half and to build on their lead and they did just that. A weight of possession created some space down a short side for Liam McKenna to barge over and when Lukas Grace crossed a few minutes later any hope of a comeback from the Bulls was now out of reach.
A couple of late tries to the Bulls rounded out the scoring with Newcastle completing a comfortable 28 - 16 victory and will now head into the semi finals for the second year in a row.