Rugby Rage 54
RC Rebels 45
The Rugby Rage 2nd team were in action last week in the semi-final of the Division 2 Warwickshire Cup.
Their match was against an unknown entity in RC Rebels who they have not played since their maiden season in the Warwickshire League.
Historically, Rugby have had the upper hand against the President Kennedy based team, however, Rebels having made a number of additions to their team, proved more than a match for the 2s.
The first quarter started off well with Jose Vega (5 Points), Raj Kang (4) and Didzis Gruzdins (6) all combining well.
Ably assisted by Jay Stovell (4) and Wayne Jones (9), who were deadly from range, allowed Rugby to gain a slight advantage at half time.
However, after the half Rebels came out strongly and instantly gained a lead and began to build on it, forcing Rage to take a time out. Rage then turned to the experienced duo of Gurjit Rupal (20) and Jason (4) who steadied the ship.
The surprising and stand out play from the last quarter came from debutant pairing of Jay Patel (4) and Kamil (2) who didn’t miss a single shot and together demonstrated a maturity that blew out the Rebels.
Rugby Rage 72
Arden Griffiths 74
The 1st team, having seen the 2s advance to the finals of their cup, looked to emulate them as they took on the confident Solihull based Arden Griffins team, who a week ago beat Rage by 30 points in the league but are ten points down in the second leg of this semi-final.
Playing at home Rugby started off in the worst possible fashion as Arden Raced to 27 points, forcing a time out and complete overhaul of the defence.
The time out proved effective as Arden lost their momentum allowing Warwickshire all-star captain Kurtis Johnson (9) to distribute the ball well to MVP candidate Guntars Trabliks (14) and the speedy Mantas (20).
With an uphill struggle still on, the Rage team responded well with an amazing second quarter led by Marcin Marchlewicz (16) and Samir Abluhawa (4) that got Rugby back within 2 points of Arden at half time.
However, in the third quarter the cracks began to show once more as Rugby couldn’t maintain their tempo and had to bench starting centre Marcin, who was in foul trouble.
Rugby Rage, who were clearly then rattled, knew they had to pull out something miraculous to get back into the finals for the second year running and the experienced bench of Jay Stovell, Didzis Gruzdins and Gurjit Rupal provided all the ammunition they needed to pull off a fantastic comeback.
The final score was Rugby 72–74 Arden (adjusted score from previous leg Rugby 82 – 74 Arden).
Congratulations to both Rugby Rage teams who are in the finals of their respective competitions.