Rhinos eye competition in playoff
RHINOS captain/coach Xavier Sullivan has decided to rest players for tomorrow’s game against Murwillumbah in a bid to test the depth of his playing roster for 2010.
The pre-season Charity Shield play-off for third and fourth position has given Sullivan the opportunity to have a close look at some of the fringe players before the Rhinos’ clash with Lower Clarence Magpies next Saturday.
“We’ll use the game against Murwillumbah to rest a few players and give other players a chance to experience the pace of first grade,” Sullivan said.
“Joel Moss and Dwayne Duke will be rested and Todd Cameron, Regan Burley and Ben Woods and myself will be on the bench.”
Sullivan expects a torrid game against the Mustangs who have strengthened their playing ranks from last season.
“Murwillumbah will be a tough opponent...I think they have signed five or six players from last year’s Tweed Coast side,” he said.
Sullivan added the another reason for resting key players was the Rhinos season in the NRRRL competition kicks-off next Saturday against Lower Clarence.
“We have moved the round 15 game against the Magpies to the Anzac weekend. I want the players to be fresh for the opening game of the season,” he said.
The rescheduled game will be played at Yamba Oval on Saturday 24.
Despite remaining undefeated in the pre-season competition the Mustangs ended in fourth position with a points differential of (+10) compared to the Rhinos (+36).
The Mustangs had a narrow 20-12 victory over Mullumbimby in the second round and the question is what team will the Mustangs put on the paddock - after all who wants to travel two-and-a-half hours to play for third?
“We’ll use the game against Murwillumbah to rest a few players.”