McDermott leads USA to win over Jamaica

The USA Hawks took an important step towards qualifying for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC 2017), after they beat Jamaica 20-14 in Florida on Saturday.

The Jamaicans, boosted by a strong heritage contingent from the UK, pushed the hosts all the way.

The Reggae Boys showed creativity and skill, but made errors at key times, denying them the points they needed for victory.

“It was very tough game, a really challenging game,” said Hawks coach Brian McDermott, more used to coaching the Leeds Rhinos.

“The Jamaicans were a group of very big and athletic men that needed to be defended. We toughed it out to get the win, I was really pleased with our commitment to each other.”

London Broncos forward Mark Offerdahl turned in an impressively powerful display for the Hawks.

“I’m very happy the boys hung in there,” he said.

“We made it a bit tough for ourselves with a lot of knock-ons and penalties but, to our credit, we hung in there and got the win.

“We had a game plan and when we did stick to it we dominated.”

Final Score: USA 20 – 14 Jamaica

Half time: 10-6

USA

Corey Makelim, Taylor Howden, Taylor Alley, Danny Howard, Mike Timpano, Rich Henson, Matt Walsh, Steve Howard, Kristian Freed, Mark Offerdahl, Abe Cohen, Casey Clark, John Purnell

Interchange: Ryan Burroughs, Nick Newlin, Andrew Kneisly, Sam Carson

Tries: Offerdahl (10), Howden (12), D. Howard (43), Makelim (54)

Goals: Freed 2/4

Sin bin: Sam Carson (33)

JAMAICA

Wayne Rettie, Alex Brown, Richie Barnett, Renaldo Wade, Omari Caro, Joel Farrell, Daniel Thomas, Antonio Baker, Marvin Thompson, Ross Peltier, Nathan Campbell, Corey Hanson, Lamont Bryan.

Interchange: Joe Brown, Tyrone Rowe, Ryan Grant, Mo Agoro

Tries: Peltier (30, 78), Farrell (49)

Goals: Farrell (1/3)

Sin bin: Omari Caro (39)

Penalty count: 8-10

Referee: Robert Hicks

The next match is on Tuesday when Jamaica face Canada in DeLand, Florida.

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