Rhi­nos stam­pede to dou­ble vic­tory

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO SPORT - Richard Springo­rum

Mancosa Rhi­nos sec­ond team player Richard Mthembu breaks down the touch­line with loads of sup­port play­ers on his in­side shoul­der against Jaguars at Mick Kelly Park on Satur­day.

MANCOSA Rhi­nos fol­lowed up their 15-15 draw with Dur­ban Mets last week­end with a solid 15-12 vic­tory over Jaguars at Mick Kelly Park on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The squad coached by Charles Mn­daweni and Kobus Wer­nich rocked up to this game on a mis­sion and clinched an early 15-0 lead go­ing into half-time. Rhi­nos dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion for the first 40 min­utes, only al­low­ing Jaguars ball pos­ses­sion from han­dling er­rors.

They won tight­heads, stole line-out ball and man­u­fac­tured many turnovers, starv­ing Jaguars of pos­ses­sion to work with.

Had it not been for the han­dling er­rors after string­ing to­gether a num­ber of good phases, the half-time score would have been much higher.

Fanah Mthembu, Trevor Dlodlo and Zube­nathi Sixonxo all crossed the white­wash for the home side.

A sec­ond half slump, how­ever, al­lowed Jaguars back into the game, nar­row­ing the score to 15-12.

A yel­low card for Rhi­nos front row for­ward NK Mbatha made things more dif­fi­cult.

Break­down turnovers and run­ning the ball out wide saw the Jaguars fight­ing back.

Rhi­nos missed a num­ber of first time tack­les and strangely dis­carded the struc­tured play which put them in charge in the first half.

Sec­ond team

The sec­ond team posted a con­fi­dence­boost­ing 35-14 win by play­ing struc­tured run­ning rugby, keep­ing the ball alive and let­ting it do the work.

The backs ran onto the ball at pace and the for­wards pro­vided the front­foot ball needed to ex­ploit the Jaguars’ poor de­fen­sive struc­tures.

They outscrummed and out­mus­cled their op­po­si­tion up front, which pro­vided nu­mer­ous counter-at­tack­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the back­line.

The Rhino teams travel to Westville to­mor­row (Fri­day) evening for their next as­sign­ments.

Westville beat the Rhi­nos teams at home ear­lier this sea­son and will utilise their home ground ad­van­tage.

Kick-off is sched­uled for 7pm and 8.30pm.

Richard Springo­rum

Rhi­nos sec­ond team lock Sicelu­musa Man­dida won cru­cial ball for his side at the line-outs

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