Both Brooklyn and Rockaway were coming off loses two weeks prior in the Empire GU playoffs, so each team was eagerly anticipating this game and hungry for a bounce-back victory against a familiar opponent.
Brooklyn Captain Mike Reilly opened the scoring by touching down off of a scrum inside the Rockaway five-meter line. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful from Kamil Ryczko and Brooklyn led 5-0.
Shortly thereafter, Reilly scored again off of a five-meter scrum outside the Rockaway try zone by pouncing on a loose ball and putting Brooklyn up 12-0 after Ryczko’s second conversion was successful. The teams went into the half with Brooklyn maintaining a 12-0 lead.
Late in the second half, Rockaway was able to push the ball over for its first try, but missed on the conversion, bringing the score to 12-5. Minutes later, Jake Wyse scooped up a loose ball at midfield and broke away for Brooklyn’s third try of the day.
Simon Fong was successful on the conversion, putting Brooklyn up 19-5, where it would remain until the final whistle.