When you lose 38-6 to the undefeated Shamrock Bowl champions at home just 7 days before, travelling to meet them on their own field with less than 20 players does not bode well. Not when they have a squad of 50 anyway. And to add to the difficulty of the game mother nature decided to send out her best weather with the sun beating down on all below.
But the Rhinos are no strangers to adversity, and the Rhinos are not one to roll over and give up either. And with that they took to the field and forced the Trojans to fight for every yard. The Trojans scored two touchdowns in the first half, one in the air and one on the ground. A third score was added in the second quarter through the air. On the Rhinos next possession quarterback Arun Mooney hit receiver Alex McGuirk for 30 yards through the air on a promising drive, unfortunately the Trojans put a stop to it just after with an interception.
Cornerback Adam Skelly, no stranger to an interception, added the first of his own for the game during the third quarter. He added a second later in the half to add to his impressive tally for the season. But the game continued in the same manner, the Trojans added more scores both on the ground and through the air. The Rhinos made it as difficult they could for the home side but the conditions were not in their favour.
The final score of 31-0 ends a disappointing season for the Rhinos where they finish at 2-6. After a .500 season in 2012 at 4-4 the Rhinos had hoped for more than a mid table position this year, a year of disappointing results highlighted with a 7-6 win over the Dublin Rebels the Rhinos will now be looking to improve on this years achievements and push for a better standing in 2014.