After starting the season 0-2, back to back home games against visiting northern teams Craigavon and Belfast is where the Rhinos needed to step up their game and grab a hold of the season before it slipped too far away.
Unfortunately the story of the day was a Cowboy tale. The Cowboys made less mistakes in the opening half and managed to break a big run down the middle of the field to open the scoring in the second quarter. This was followed by a touchdown pass and an interception returned for a touchdown with a two point conversion leaving the visitors 20-0 going into the half.
The Rhinos opened the second half in idyllic fashion, driving down the field to open the second half scoring with a run from Robert Pops and a successful kick by Paul Hosford to bring the score the 20-7. The Rhinos spent much of the second half in Cowboys territory in large part thanks to catches and runs by Dan Breslin picking up large chunks throughout the second half. Unable to convert these opportunities into further points settled the game.
The Cowboys tacked on a 75 yard touchdown run in the middle of the final quarter to put the final nail in the coffin. The final score 26-7 drops the Rhinos to a record of 0-3. The Rhinos will be hosting Shamrock Bowl holders the Belfast Trojans next week.