Rhinos player Joe Ravueta.
Rhinos player Joe Ravueta. Debrah Novak

Rhinos keep hopes alive

THE Grafton Rhinos kept their semi-final hopes alive with a thrill-a-minute 32-26 victory over Murwillumbah yesterday.

With captain/coach Xavier Sullivan watching from the sidelines, the Rhinos dug deep for a crucial away win.

Staring down the barrel of missing the play-offs after losing to Northern United two weeks ago, the Rhinos have strung together two crucial wins and with a relatively easy run home should sneak into the five.

Sullivan was a relieved man after yesterday’s important clash and indicated his side was far from a spent force.

“It was a game we had to win and full credit to my guys for showing plenty of determination,” Sullivan said after the game. I’m really proud of them. They dug deep and played for each other.”

The Rhinos were cruising at the break and went to the sheds with a 20-10 lead, but an indiscretion by back-rower Josh Harris left them one man down for 10 minutes in the second-half.

“Josh received a sin-binning for 10 minutes and they (Murwillumbah) took advantage. They caught us short and closed the gap,” Sullivan said.

The Rhinos are away to Mullumbimby next week and Sullivan said with five weeks to go until the finals, beating the Mustangs at home was one hurdle down.



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