Backline power to steer Rhinos home
CONTAIN them in the forwards and let the backs do the rest.
That’s the game plan Rhinos captain/coach Xavier Sullivan will be implementing when his side travels to Tweed Heads today in round 1 of the NRRRL competition..
The Rhinos have slowing been increasing their playing ranks in the past few months and should have too much fire power out wide against Tweed Coast.
“We’re pretty much at full strength but I expect a tough game against Tweed,” Sullivan said.
“Tweed has retained most of their forwards from last season and look solid up the middle.
“I know they have lost a few outside backs so if we can hold them in the forwards our backs should prove too classy.”
The Rhinos proved they will be a force in the competition in 2010 when they came from behind to snatch a draw against Murwillumbah in play-off for third position in the Charity Shield.
It showed the club’s fighting credentials.
But fitness is still the key to the Rhinos success but with a talented playing roster there is no reason why they can’t come away with the two points.
Joel Moss who missed the game against Murwillumbah two weeks ago will make his debut in the centres alongside Fijian flier Joe Ravueta.
With Todd Cameron patrolling at the back Tweed Coast will have their hands full containing the noted speedsters.
Sullivan indicated he had concerns with his side’s ability to stick to the game plan after the pre-season trials.
But with Ron Gordon back in his favoured five-eighth role the Rhinos should have no problems with direction around the park.
It is a must-win game for the Rhinos who need to kick-off the season on a positive note.
Tweed is not expected to feature in the final series and with games coming up against Ballina and the Ghosts, the Rhinos will be desperate for the points.