Rebels fall to late try
A LATE Inglewood try cost the Warwick Rebels their first win in the Border Rugby League competition.
In the reserve-grade game, Warwick and Inglewood were 6-all at half-time.
Early in the second half, Gav Beckhouse scored in the corner for the Rebels after a cut-out pass from Leon Close which bypassed three players.
Close converted from the sideline for a 12-6 lead.
Winger Kevin Poole scored to put the Rebels up 16-6.
Warwick scored another try before Inglewood fought back with two tries to reduce the margin to 22-18 with four minutes to go.
James Jerome scored for the Rebels but the referee ruled the pass forward and soon after the Rebels knocked on and Inglewood scored the winning try and landed the conversion.
Warwick went down 68-6 in the A-grade game.
Rebels president Geordie Beckhouse rated Leon Close, James Jerome, Sam Speedy and try scorer Michael Brackin as his best players in A grade
“Near the end of the game, we scored a try under the posts and Leon took the ball back to halfway for a bit of fun,” Beckhouse said.
“He kicked the goal to the delight of the crowd.
“Full credit to our boys, they kept going all afternoon.
“We will regroup for next season and concentrate on fielding an A-grade side each week rather than try to field two teams.”
Matt Gainey again led the Inglewood side well.
While the Rebels had 30 players at Inglewood, some reserve-grade players doubled up in A-grade.
On Saturday, the Rebels play Killarney in the local derby in A-grade at 2.30pm at Charlie Andrews Oval.