Jun 022014
 

The first half of the season finished with zero wins in the Rhinos W column, something that would have to be remedied fast in the second half or the threat of relegation would be inching closer.

Tom Fanning strides down the field for a big gain

Tom Fanning strides down the field for a big gain

Facing off against the newly promoted Reapers in North Kildare was first up on the menu. A win would not be easy, the Kildare side had three wins already under their belt from the other two newly promoted sides and would be looking for another here to push for the playoffs.

Adam Skelly returns an INT while his D drop players

Adam Skelly returns an INT while his D drop players

The Rhinos started the game the stronger of the two sides. Arun Mooney connected with Tom Fanning and Paul Hosford on a number of occasions in the first half and was accruing big numbers through the air. One of said completions landed the Rhinos on the goal line and Mooney kept it himself crossing the line for the opening 6 points. Hosford completed the kick after the score to push the lead to 7-0.

Robert Pops led by Paul Richardson

Robert Pops led by Paul Richardson

The Reapers fought back however and in the third quarter put up a score of their own, their extra point attempt however was blocked and returned by Adam Skelly for 2 points in the Rhinos favour. The score was now 9-6 to the Rhinos. Both sides defense raised their game in the second half and neither would let in another touchdown, but that was not the end of the scoring.

Rhinos D applying pressure

Rhinos D applying pressure

The Reapers scored next and managed to tie the game at 9 points a piece. This led to an interesting if not nervy fourth quarter where the game could still go either way. With the clock inside 2 minutes and the Rhinos in possession of the ball, victory was in sight. With 21 seconds to go in the game Paul Hosford converted a field goal to give the visiting Rhinos a 12-9 lead which they would hold on to until the final whistle.

The game had no shortage of high flying tackles

The game had no shortage of high flying tackles

The first win of the season for the Rhinos who will now look to build on that performance when visiting the Carrickfergus Knights next.

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