December 10 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 14, 2013
Haringey Rhinos’ head coach Mark Whitear believes his side deserved more from their 38-21 defeat at Bank of England – but he has bemoaned the “stupid decisions” that cost his team a result in Herts/Middlesex Division One.
The Rhinos conceded eight penalties in the first 20 minutes, giving themselves an uphill climb. And, although Dom Fyles and Olly Miller touched down for the visitors in the second half, it was not enough to save the game.
“I think we could have easily won that game,” said Whitear. “Some of our play was excellent and we deserved more out of it [the game].
“The penalty count absolutely killed us,” said Whitear. “We were really in the game until some stupid decisions allowed Bank of England to pretty much walk over our line.”
The first quarter belonged to Haringey as Whitear’s decision to include Miller at second row paid dividends, particularly at the line-out.
The Rhinos camped themselves in Bank’s 22 but were unable to get over the try-line and opted to put some points on the board with a penalty kick.
However, Haringey allowed their hosts into the game through a combination of defensive errors and ill-discipline, gifting their opponents eight penalties.
The hosts went on to score their first try as their hooker showed nifty footwork to go over from five yards out – and they crossed the line again on the stroke of half-time when a Rhinos clearance was charged down.
Bank’s half-time lead was flattering given that the Rhinos had put their hosts under the cosh for a concerted period of time and, buoyed by a galvanising team talk from captain Amrit Derry, they emerged for the second half full of intent.
With the hard-hitting centre Carl Brown carrying well and man of the match Brian Su continuing his fine form, Haringey enjoyed another period of sustained pressure – and they were finally rewarded when Fyles burrowed over in the corner.
Regrettably, defensive errors seeped back in, allowing Bank to respond to their setback with three tries in quick succession.
The Rhinos upped their intensity again and Miller pulled a try back, with Tom Armer adding the conversion - but Bank ensured there would be no late drama, winding the clock down in clinical fashion.
Haringey are now preparing to take on Old Paulines in the Middlesex Intermediate Cup – the ideal stage on which to build confidence and exhibit free-flowing rugby to take in to the next league fixture against Cheshunt.