All set: The Rhinos will look to keep their hopes alive.
All set: The Rhinos will look to keep their hopes alive.

Rhinos prepare for stampede

THE GRAFTON Rhinos will be hoping their backline produce plenty of points in their second round match against Casino at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino today.

With quick men on the flanks Rhinos captain Xavier Sullivan hinted his side will spread the ball wide in an attempt to increase their points aggregate.

“We have plenty of speed out wide and we would be silly not to give them space,” he said.

“Hopefully we can dominate them up front then use our backs to finish things off.”

Sullivan said the team were impressive at training during the week and were all in a positive frame of mind.

“We had a couple of good training sessions and worked on our forwards running angles around the ruck,” he said.

Casino on the other hand have started the season in turmoil losing their first trial game to Kyogle 36-26 then announcing the shock sacking of their newly appointed coach for the season.

Sullivan admitted he was excited at the prospect of his halves Regan Burley and Ron Gordon taking the field as a new combination this year.

“It’s a good chance for our playmakers Regan and Ron to show they can lead the side around the paddock...if they click they should cause plenty of headaches for the opposition defence,” he said.

In more good news for the Rhinos rugged prop-forward Tim Tilse is back and according to Sullivan he will provide some much-needed grunt in the engine room.

“Tim has actually been doing some training and it will be great to have him back on deck...he will give us extra punch up front,” he said.

Rhinos Joel Moss and Josateki Ravueta are arguably the quickest centre pairing in the competition and to see them in full flight will be worth the price of admission alone.

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