PLAYOFFS! Playoffs, playoffs, playoffs.
That is all that is on Rhino minds right now after a 7-0 victory over the Waterford Wolves secures a 5th place seed into the playoffs and a match up against the UL Vikings on July 20th. Three teams finished with a 3-5 record and battled for 2 wild card positions but the Rhinos held the head to head tie breaker over both those teams and come out on top of the pile.
This game was both a relegation battle and playoff contender for both teams. The win in favour of the Rhinos has cemented the Wolves in the relegation spot after they finish their inaugural SBC season 0-8. The Rhinos victory catapults them towards the playoffs.
Both teams fought tooth and nail for the victory on the day and both defenses put up performances to remember but it was QB Arun Mooney who broke the deadlock by calling his own number, taking the ball to the pylon and crossing the goal line from inside the 5 to put the home field Rhinos ahead. Paul Hosford dialled up the extra point to round the score to 7-0.
A season that started 0-4 was turned around by some hard fought battles and a regular season record of 3-5 is the reward for the Rhinos as they prepare for the third wild card appearance in club history. The Rhinos face the Vikings now on the 20th July at 2pm in the University of Limerick.
The Rhinos would like to extend their thanks to the Wolves and all the spectators on the day who took part in the Rhinos HB Ice Cream Sunday, a whopping €250 was raised in support of Down Syndrome Ireland on the day.