Slow starting Rhinos have victory
A POOR attitude from the opening whistle and inexperienced referees may have cost the Rhinos any chance of hosting the Charity Shield final next Sunday after disposing of Casino 50-30 at Queen Elizabeth Park on Saturday.
Needing to rack up points against Casino, the Rhinos took the field full of confidence against a Cougars side still coming to grips with the shock sacking of their coach last week.
Expected to pile plenty of points on the board, the Rhinos were merely going through the motions according to captain/coach Xavier Sullivan.
“We didn’t get out of the box until half-time,” a disappointed Sullivan said.
“We had a poor attitude right from the start. We went into the game thinking of Casino’s last result and forgot to focus at what was in front of us.” Sullivan expressed his disappointment at the men - or as he puts it ‘kids in the middle’ - officiating such an important game.
“I’ll probably get in trouble but it was amateur hour out there with the refs. The two referees were too young and we only had one linesman for the last 40 minutes,” he said.
“The refs kept saying it’s only a trial game but I told them there is a lot at stake when you have an opportunity to host the final. “We could certainly do with it after our gear shed was burnt down earlier in the week.” After the half-time break the Rhinos came out with a different attitude sticking to the game plan and not trying to score off every play. “We kept to our structures in the second half and near the end of the game started to click as a unit but we ran out of time,” Sullivan said. “In the end our attitude improved and I suppose to win our first two games is pleasing. We also had good numbers...I think there were at least 10 players on the reserve grade bench.”