This Sunday the Rhinos were away to Thatto Heath. We saw great runs from Harvey Williams and Jack Kelly which gained the Rhinos valuable yards. Thatto Heath went over the line for the first try of match but the Rhinos bounced straight back with an excellent try of their own by Dylan Stanway.
Ben Appleby made big tackles in defence coming off the line strongly with Sam Brannan (in only his third match) getting a good reputation for running up the pitch with the ball. With try's coming from Thatto Heath the Rhinos didn't lie down, with determination they got stronger.
Some good quick passing from Sam Burrows in dummy half to Anni Eckerlsey enabled her to go through for a try. A great game from the captain Anni leading from the front which gave confidence to the rest of the team.
The second half started well with runs from Matthew O'Hara and Jasmine Heaton-Stoll to gain valuable yards. With A strong forward pack of Thatto Heaths coming at the Rhinos, we saw some great tackles and some fancy foot work from Asa Pollock. Jamie Valentine made a great run and was flying down the wing looking for his first try but was held up by a well timed tackle. Sam Burrows fired the ball to Anni and she ran through to score her second try of the match.
The Rhinos still battled on even after suffering a few knocks and bumps. Tom Cussons stepped up with some strong tackles and with what is becoming a trade mark powerful run from Tom Upton, it gave the Rhinos some relief from their own try line. A late run from Rhys Elliot saw him come close to scoring but was held up just short of the line. Unfortunately it wasn't the Rhinos day and the final score was 8-4 to Thatto Heath. Although the score didn't reflect it, the Rhinos worked really hard and a definite improvement in tactics and team work showed.
Player of Steel Anni Eckersley
Most Improved Ben Appleby
Parents Player Dylan Stanway