The 6th of April was the day the Rhinos had hoped would end with a 1-1 standing in the IAFL South Division, unfortunately a loss to Limericks Vikings was the result and the 0-2 Rhinos must now look ahead to the Cowboys for that first win of the season.
With a few late scratches to the Rhinos game day roster, a depleted squad departed Dublin to face the Vikings. It would not be unfair to say that fatigue in the second half of the game was a factor in the game slipping away from the Rhinos.
A touchdown pass from Arun Mooney to Paul Hosford opened the scoring after a scoreless first quarter, Hosford converted the kick for a 7-0 Rhinos advantage. It didn’t take long for the Vikings to respond and before half time they had pulled the score back to 7-6 after failing to convert the PAT.
The Rhinos opened the second half in the worst possible way, conceding a kick return for a touchdown which shifted any momentum built in the first half back to the Vikings. After a successful 2 point conversion the Vikings were ahead 15-7.
The rest of the third quarter played out with both teams punting the ball to each other after drives were stalled by the opposing defense. With just one score between the two sides it was the Vikings who would strike next and ultimately, last. A second rushing touchdown for Limerick was the final nail in the coffin and the 22-7 lead they had built proved insurmountable for the Rhinos with the clock not on their side.
It was a better offensive performance from the Rhinos, one from which they will look to build on before they take on the Craigavon Cowboys in the first home game of 2014 on the 4th of May in Castleknock.