The 8 East Philadelphia Fight celebrate their huge win in DC over the Slayers in heavy rain.
The 8 East Philadelphia Fight defeated a very good team in the DC Slayers 32-18 in monsoon conditions in the nation’s capital to reach the inaugural USA Rugby League National Championship match. The match will be on Saturday August 27th, a game in which the Fight are hosting at A.A. Garthwaite Stadium in Conshohocken, PA at 3pm.
A repeat of last years final which saw the Axemen take home the silverware, this game had a far different outcome which saw the Warriors shock the hometown and break and unbeaten home ground advantage that has stood for 3 years. With the Warriors unfazed by records and more focused on exacting revenge, what better way to restoring pride than beating the team that wears the crown at your expense.
The game started slowly with the big men doing most of the work and battling it out for precious yards on both sides. The Warriors seemed to dominate early and it was only desperate defense by the Axemen that kept them from putting points on the board. The Axemen were the first to strike but it wasn’t long before the Warriors also crossed the line and the scores were locked up at 4 all.
While the score stayed at 4-4 for what seemed forever, the Warriors looked more like the team that dominated much of the 2010 season. The Axemen, who for the 2nd game in a row were off to slow start and wondering who was going to provide the magic that had served them so well in game past. It wasn’t to be.
The Warriors found another gear and pounded their way across the line to silence the crowd and put the home team in unfamiliar territory. With a converted try and an additional 2 point penalty putting the gap to 8 points, the Warriors weren’t about to ease up and kicked a field goal in the dying moments for good measure.
Adam Hamon CEO of the Warriors commented “Full credit to the boys on an incredible effort and one of the most intense games I have had the pleasure to be a part of.” He continued, “The boys are fired up and we are ready to take on the Fight.”
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