Losing is never easy. Starting your season with a loss is a tough pill to swallow after months of hard work and preparation by coaches and players. The Rhinos will be hoping the loss suffered yesterday will provide a springboard into winning ways.
Receiving the ball to start the game the Rhinos were forced to punt early giving the ball to the students. Trinity’s offense was slowed by the Rhinos defense but Trinity running back Rob McDowell created some running space for himself and was able to pick up small chunks of yardage which QB Dan Finnamore then took advantage off finding receivers with some well thrown passes. The result of a long drive was a touchdown and 6 points when the point after try was sent wide of the posts.
The Rhinos then gifted the students 2 more points shortly afterwards when a mix up resulted in the ball bouncing out the side of the end zone for a safety. With the Rhinos offense a much changed side from last year including many new faces on the starting 11 there were some teething issues that were ironed out as the game progressed.
The day continued much in the same fashion, the Rhinos offense stalled be it through pressure from the Trinity defense or through mistakes and penalties and were unable to put a score on the board. Trinity took advantage of good field position from turnovers and special teams and were able to add another three touchdowns before the final whistle turning 15-0 at the half into 28-0 at full time.
It’s a wake up call for the Rhinos. Performances like this will only result in a long disappointing season. With one weekend to prepare for the next game against the University of Limerick Vikings the clock is ticking.