LAST year's finalists Vauxhall Vultures and Duhaney Park Red Sharks lived up to their billing in the Jamaica Rugby League National Club Championship in a thrilling 12-12 draw at the weekend.
In the highly charged clash played out at Campion College, Vauxhall's powerful scrum-half Omar Jones rushed past three flat-footed defenders to crash over a try in the 10th minute. Kemar Grey then kicked the conversion for the Vultures to move up to six.
On 15 minutes, centre Jermaine Pinnock held a high ball and handed the responsibility to Fabion Turner, who scurried to the left corner for a try for defending champions Duhaney Park.
Twelve minutes later, Pinnock proved a thorn again as he skilfully drove over the try line for Duhaney Park to edge ahead, 8-6.
Vauxhall soon dug in and despite roughing up Duhaney Park's forwards, the score remained the same at the break.
In the second half, Vauxhall stood dominant with aggressive defensive patterns and were rewarded in the 70th when dangerous prop forward Jahdeek Clarke bulldozed past three defenders to crash over for a try. Grey slotted over the conversion to give his team a 12-8 lead with the game winding down.
Over the next six minutes, a stunned Duhaney Park laboured for the ascendancy. Turner was their man of the moment, when he posted his second try in the left corner after another pass from Pinnock. A missed conversion, however, ensured the match ended in a stalemate.
In other matches, Maxfield Star Steppers outpointed plucky St Andrew Renegades, 26-16.
Kamau-Akeele Brown motored under the sticks for a try, as the Renegades get the show on the road after just four minutes.
Maxfield's giant centre Andre McFarlane, as if at will, stormed through defenders for two well-taken tries.
Renegades made a contest of it with Andrew Dixon snatching a double in the second half. However, Maxfield's Jermaine Daley ended the game as a contest by rushing to a hat-trick of tries late in the second half.
Meanwhile, Jamaica Defence Force and GC Foster College claimed full points from Spanish Town Vikings and Portmore Suns, respectively, both with 30-0 scorelines.