Netherlands Rugby League
Netherlands Rugby League

Date: 5/8/14

Game two of the NRLB Nationale Kampioenschap at Delft Rugby Club saw Rotterdam City Pitbulls emerge victorious, 30-20, over Amsterdam City Cobras in another thrilling encounter to level the series.

The game was in doubt until the closing stages, Pitbulls skipper Jorge Vazquez outstanding and big Amsterdam prop Kirby McKean their best along with Patrick Ufkes.

Rotterdam’s newest player Edson Neves, who comes from a Basketball background, scored a try on debut in his first ever rugby league match, Cobras’ Roel van Rossum doing likewise.

Pitbulls coach Jason Bruygoms said: “In game one we lacked structure especially as we really missed our two pivots Marvin Slingerland and Uri Breman. Their return made the difference as they directed the play. I am really proud of the boys and it’s a nice way to finish the season with one game each. I guess we have to wait till 2015 to see who is the better team.”

Opposite number Daan van Rossum commented: “After our victory in Amsterdam I really felt like we could take the series so I’m disappointed we lost the game but respect to the Pitbulls, they played a really tough but fair game. The matches have definitely moved the sport forward here.”

After the game, the end of season prize giving saw Rotterdam’s Jededaih Timisela receive the 2014 Player of the Year award and Cobra’s Floris Steenland take the Rookie of the Year prize.