Rhinos pip Magpies in trial
CONTINUING improvement from the Grafton Rhinos was the most pleasing aspect of the club's 26-24 trial win over the Lower Clarence Magpies on Saturday at Jabour Park, South Grafton.
Club spokesman Pat Swift said captain-coach Xavier Sullivan was delighted with the way the team's play was coming together and the spirit within the club.
The Rhinos opened up a two-try lead over the Magpies, but had to withstand a stirring comeback in the final minutes of the match.
“I think we led right through the game, but it was only when we scored a try near the end of the game that we were safe,” Swift said.
“They came home very strong and we had to dig deep to hold them out.”
In reserve grade the Rhinos dominated to win 38-24 in a high-scoring fixture.
One of last season's first grade stars, Ken Mercy, played in the match and showed that once he develops match fitness he will again be a force in the competition.
The Magpies won an entertaining under-18s trial 18-12, despite the Rhinos dominating the early stages of the match.
Next weekend the Rhinos are at Jabour Park again taking on competition newcomers Northern United in three grades. There will be a full bar and canteen facilities.