Rhi­nos bar­rel way to top spot in sec­ond round

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - THAHIR ASMAL

RESER­VOIR Hills Rhi­nos’ red-hot form has con­tin­ued. Last week, they thumped the Jaguars by 97-7 at the Sir­pat Road Sports Com­plex.

Their hum­bling of the Ryan Naidoocoached team means they now head into the sec­ond round of the KZN Rugby Union CF Glew 5th Di­vi­sion in top spot, 12 points clear of sec­ond placed Queens­burgh.

Fol­low­ing their win against Queens­burgh in their pre­vi­ous match, Rhi­nos’ coach An­drew Os­born se­lected a strong for­ward pack. Their game plan to out-mus­cle the Jaguars’ front men and un­leash their dan­ger­ous back line was clear from the start.

The game started at a crack­ing pace with the Rhi­nos for­wards boss­ing their op­po­site num­bers. The Jaguars’ de­fence buck­led un­der the on­slaught and the flood­gates opened.

Re­turn­ing from in­jury, Ka­mal Shetu crossed the white­wash twice with Sihle Buthelezi, James Ben­nett, Lapzen Mat­soso and Mpatho Shange scyth­ing through in quick suc­ces­sion with tries.

The Rhi­nos were even more ruth­less in the sec­ond half. They reg­u­larly punched holes in the

Jaguars’ de­fence. The home team scored seven more tries be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle was blown.

Last week­end’s win was their sixth in a row as they re­main un­de­feated this league sea­son.

Rhi­nos chair­man Niren Misra said the team has a clear man­date: pro­mo­tion at the end of this sea­son.

“We learnt many valu­able lessons af­ter a hor­ri­ble run last year. Dur­ing our off-sea­son we worked hard on iden­ti­fy­ing our faults and putting struc­tures in place to al­low for a smoother-func­tion­ing club. Our main in­ten­tion was to pro­vide a has­sle-free rugby ex­pe­ri­ence for our play­ers.

“We have a four-year plan and this is step one. With the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment we’ve al­ready seen from our play­ers, staff and spon­sors, I have high hopes we can achieve much.”

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