Rhinos go down to Bellingen

IN THEIR first hit out of the season the Rhinos showed enough positive signs to suggest they will be a force in this year’s Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.

Although losing narrowly to Bellingen in a trial match on the weekend Rhinos first grade coach Xavier Sullivan was pleased with what he saw.

“Our defence was very good and a few guys showed some excellent form so early in the season,” he said.

“Todd Cameron at fullback and Joel Moss in the centres were great and I thought Ben Woods at lock was a standout.

“It was a good chance to get some miles under our legs and get numbers in defence. At this stage we are not all that concerned with structure on the field... it’s more about fitness.”

Sullivan was one of several forwards whose fitness levels were tested and yesterday said he was feeling the pain.

“A few of us played close to the full 80 minutes and pulled up a bit sore,” he said.

“Bellingen are a strong side and finished third in Group 2 last season. They also played a trial last week against an Australian Defence side.

“We had good numbers and the players showed plenty of enthusiasm.”

Numbers were not an issue in reserve grade with the Rhinos cruising to a comfortable 28-14 win over a Bellingen.

The Rhinos are hoping to arrange a trial against Sawtell next week before the pre-season competition kicks off.

“A few of us played close to the full 80 minutes and pulled up a bit sore.” – Xavier Sullivan



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