Patched-up Rockets bow out

Knock-Out Cup semi-final second legRye House 49 Edinburgh 41 (agg: 76-104)A PATCHED-UP Rockets side exited the KO Cup after their semi-final second leg against Edinburgh.

Knock-Out Cup semi-final second leg

Rye House 49 Edinburgh 41 (agg: 76-104)

A PATCHED-UP Rockets side exited the KO Cup after their semi-final second leg against Edinburgh.

Rye had suffered a huge 63-27 loss in the first leg away in Scotland.

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Although a patched-up Rye outfit never looked like overturning the hefty 36-point deficit, it did restore pride with a battling performance that fully justified a second leg 49-41 victory.

The hosts were without Tommy Allen and Andrew Silver, both out after suffering concussion and heavy bruising.

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Chris Neath delivered a captain's innings by dropping just one point in five starts - and that was to Ryan Fisher in a hard-fought heat one.

Joe Haines was also in fine form ahead of the British Under-18 final - the Bolton Wonder reeled off three wins and 12 points - while Luke Bowen also powered into double figures.

And, down at the bottom end, guest Rockets Ritchie Hawkins and Kyle Hughes both worked hard for their points. Hughes, in particular, gave a dazzling display for three paid wins - including victories over Matthew Wethers and Andrew Tully - and 11 paid points.

On the down side Swede Linus Sundstrom was diagnosed with a suspected fractured left scaphoid after being brought down by Ryan Fisher when battling with the American in heat 11.

His season now looks over.

Edinburgh will now face the winners of the other semi-final between new League Champions King's Lynn and Scunthorpe in this year's final.

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