Rhinos fall off the mark
THE GRAFTON Rhinos got their 2010 season underway with a 22-12 win over Tweed Coast on Saturday in what Rhinos coach Xavier Sullivan described as a scrappy affair.
The Rhinos emerged clear winners on the scoreboard but Sullivan was not overly amused with his side’s lack of ball control.
“Some of the boys must have put their silly caps on in the second half,” Sullivan said.
“It started to rain and was very wet in the second half but we threw our game plan out the window and dropped too many balls which made it tough.”
The Rhinos led at the break 18-0 thanks to some Todd Cameron brilliance and winger Ryan O’Grady who stamped his authority on the game with two well deserved tries.
“It took us a while to find our rhythm and it wasn’t until the last 15 minutes before the break until we started to blow them away,” Sullivan said.
“Toddy Cameron was a standout at fullback and continually found gaps in Tweed’s defence. And Ben Woods was fantastic in the forwards...he must have made 40-50 tackles and tightened up the middle and around the ruck area.”
It was not until the 70th minute before the referee awarded the Rhinos their first penalty of the game which Sullivan said was long overdue.
“It took a long while before we got our first penalty, all I can say is Tweed must be a very disciplined side,” he said
Sullivan said the Coast side showed signs they will be competitive this season and will only improve with more games under their belt.
“Tweed are a young side and I think the longer the season goes the better they will perform. I’m sure they’ll worry a few sides down the track,” he said.
Next week the Rhinos are at home to Ballina and Sullivan expects a much tougher game from a young enthusiastic Seagulls outfit.
“We need to work on a few things at training during the week and play a lot smarter against Ballina,” he said
“They do a lot of tackling in numbers and their five-eight is handy, but in saying that he can also be their weakness in defence so I expect we’ll target him.”
Next Sunday will be a special day for the Rhinos when the players take the field in a pink playing strip against Ballina to support the McGrath Breast Cancer Foundation. The round 2 game also coincides with Mothers Day.