This Saturday’s visit of Thatcham III to Holme Park signals the start of Major Shaun Collins-Lindsay’s reign as skipper of the Mighty Rhinos. He will be assisted by his adjutant (vice-captain) Kevin Rackley, and his experienced and able lieutenants Danny Pratt and Iain Scott.
Having finishing runners-up in last season’s Thames Valley Invitation League South Division campaign, Captain-Major set out his plans to reclaim the top spot at his team briefing last weekend. Central to the plan is to cut out the ill-discipline that has crept in over the last couple of seasons.
“As we have back chatted to the referees, we have declined, declined and declined.” He told his troops at the meeting. “Let’s keep our discipline and form. We are all quality players, so let’s just step back and play what is in front of us.”
His game plan is built around “…putting bodies on the line to keep the opposition out of our trenches (22 metre), securing the ball in no man’s land, before entering the enemy’s territory and the kill zone ”
“The heavy armour will challenge the kick-offs before bringing in cavalry (much laughter) to charge up the field.”
The Rhinos have recruited Ollie March from Redingensians to bolster the midfield, whilst in the forwards there is the surprising but none the less most welcome return of former skipper and almost a Panamanian international, Diego Leonardo Barrow Cuevas who will supplement the second row alongside his immediate predecessor as captain ‘Coleen’ Sharp.
This weekend also sees the start of the much anticipated Rugby World Cup, and the club will be open in time for the mouth-watering Pool B game between three time winners and defending champions New Zealand and South Africa (winners in 1995 and 2007). In this year’s Rugby Championship South Africa held the All Blacks 16-16 in Wellington on their way to winning the title.
So why not make the trip to Holme Park to watch what is sure to be a fascinating and quite possibly epic battle between two of the favourites to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, and they hang around to support the Rhinos and the Wanderers who face Reading Abbey 2, both games are scheduled to be 15:00 kick-offs.