EXED Eagles go for three-peat in Intercol Rugby League finals

By April 19, 2019

The finals of the ninth season of the Intercol Rugby League 13s Championship will conclude on Saturday, April 20, when the Excelsior Community College Eagles take on the Caribbean Maritime University Spartans at the Mona Bowl in Kingston.

The top-seeded EXED ended the regular season with a record of 7-2-1 while CMU, the third seeds, finished the season with a 5-3-2 record.

EXED’s Head Coach Roy Calvert is not overlooking CMU and is expecting a keen battle in Saturday’s final that kicks off at 4:00 pm (5:00 pm ECT).

“Being in the finals two years in a row shows the strength of our program. That said, it is also amazing to see what CMU has achieved in just their third year,” he said. “My boys are looking forward to a good game on Saturday and our preparations have been geared towards such.”

CMU’s coach Linval Green said he is looking forward to a competitive final.

“It is a joy to see how far both teams have come. This final is more than just winning, it’s about a clash of talents created by a very good competition,” he said.

“I wish both teams best of luck on the day and I am looking forward to a clean, safe and exciting finals.”

In the semi-finals played on April 12, EXED battled to a 12-6 win against the University of the West Indies Pelicans. CMU, meanwhile, comfortably handled defending champions GC Foster Lions 16-0.

 EXED will be led by their top point’s scorers in Javian Bryan (58) and Akeem Murray (32). Meanwhile, CMU will look to the destructive duo of Adrian Thomas (58) and Orlando Messado (54) to lead their charge.

The University of The West Indies and GC Foster College will clash for third-place at 2 pm.  

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Related items

  • Inglis enters facility for treatment of mental health issues Inglis enters facility for treatment of mental health issues

    Greg Inglis is receiving treatment to assist with mental health issues, the South Sydney Rabbitohs confirmed.

    Inglis, 32, announced his retirement from rugby league last month despite plans to play until the end of the 2020 NRL season.

    Just a day after NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said he was aware of Inglis' struggles, it was confirmed the former Australia and Queensland star was receiving help.

    "Rabbitohs and Souths Cares ambassador Greg Inglis has entered a facility to undergo treatment to assist with and support his mental health," South Sydney said in a statement on Friday.

    "On behalf of Greg and his family, we ask the media and the public to respect their privacy."

    An NRL great, Inglis played 263 games for the Rabbitohs and Melbourne Storm.

  • Cleary stakes Origin claim as Penrith end losing streak Cleary stakes Origin claim as Penrith end losing streak

    Nathan Cleary boosted his State of Origin hopes and helped Penrith Panthers end a six-match losing streak as they beat Parramatta Eels 16-10 in the NRL on Thursday.

    New South Wales will announce their team on Sunday, when Cleary will learn whether he has done enough to keep hold of the number seven jersey for the Blues.

    He did his cause no harm at Bankwest Stadium, scoring the winning try as the Panthers moved off the bottom and prevented the Eels from jumping into the top eight.

    Maika Sivo's second-minute try, the winger dotting down for his sixth in five matches from Will Smith's grubber into the left-hand corner, gave Parramatta a superb start.

    But they did not score another try in the subsequent 78 minutes of play, although the boot of Mitchell Moses ensured the Eels had a 10-8 lead at the break.

    Tim Grant's try and a penalty from Cleary pulled the Panthers within striking distance and the latter duly levelled matters with a two-pointer inside eight minutes of the restart.

    And it was Cleary who reacted quickest when Jarome Luai's grubber was deflected into the in-goal area, pouncing for a try that he converted to end Penrith's dreadful run and bolster his prospects of pulling the strings for the Blues come June 5.

     

  • NRL Opta facts: Retiring Cronk seeks 100th try NRL Opta facts: Retiring Cronk seeks 100th try

    Cooper Cronk begins his farewell NRL tour in Newcastle as the Sydney Roosters face the Knights in the first match since their star halfback announced he is retiring.

    The 35-year-old, who has played the second-most games in NRL history, announced on Monday that his 16th season would be his last and he begins his long goodbye against the Newcastle Knights, when Cronk, currently on 99 tries, will look to score his 100th.

    Melbourne Storm's Cameron Munster is also set to reach a milestone as he will make his 100th appearance if he features at Canterbury Bulldogs, while Parramatta Eels' Manu Ma'u will bring up his century too if he plays against Penrith Panthers.

    We pick out some Opta facts for the next round of matches.

    Thursday

    Parramatta Eels (5-5) v Penrith Panthers (2-8)

    - The Panthers have won six of their previous eight NRL games in Parramatta, winning the most recent encounter between the two 20-18.

    - Parramatta have run in eight tries from moves starting within their own half, which is the joint-most in the competition along with the Sydney Roosters.

    Friday

    Manly Sea Eagles (6-4) v Gold Coast Titans (2-8)

    - There could be plenty of tries from kicks in this game, with Manly conceding 12 scores from that method and the Titans shipping eight.

    - Gold Coast's Mitch Rein has averaged the most tackles (49) of any player named to take the field in Round 11.

    Newcastle Knights (5-5) v Sydney Roosters (8-2)

    - The Roosters have an excellent recent record against the Knights, winning 10 of their previous 11 games against Newcastle. Sydney have won six on the trot by an average margin of 21 points per game.

    - Of those players who have made at least 100 tackles in this year's NRL, no player has missed fewer than Nat Butcher (three).

    Saturday

    Canberra Raiders (6-4) v North Queensland Cowboys (4-6)

    - Canberra have beaten North Queensland in three successive matches, having won just three of the previous 13.

    - Michael Morgan could have a big part to play for the Cowboys given he has had six try involvements (two tries, four assists) in his last three NRL matches against the Raiders.

    New Zealand Warriors (4-6) v Brisbane Broncos (4-6)

    - The past 10 meetings between these two sides have been won by the team ahead at half-time, with the Warriors emerging victorious six times.

    - Brisbane have lost their last four NRL games away from Suncorp Stadium and have failed to register a point in the first half of three of those contests.

    South Sydney Rabbitohs (9-1) v Wests Tigers (5-5)

    - NRL leaders South Sydney are bidding for consecutive wins against the Tigers for the first time since 2015.

    - Damien Cook has made 15 try assists in 2019, the most in the competition and seven more than the next best hooker, Cameron Smith.

    Sunday

    Canterbury Bulldogs (3-7) v Melbourne Storm (8-2)

    - After winning six games in a row against Melbourne, Canterbury have now lost three NRL matches on the spin against them.

    - Aiden Tolman has averaged the most tackles per game by a prop in NRL, the Bulldogs star's 39 is 18 more than Melbourne's leading prop Jesse Bromwich (21).

    St George Illawarra Dragons (4-6) v Cronulla Sharks (5-5)

    - Chad Townsend will make his 150th NRL appearance if he features for the Sharks while the Dragons' Cameron McInnes is in line for his 100th game.

    - Cronulla have averaged the most offloads per game (14) in the NRL, four more than the Dragons.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.