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Haringey Rhinos continue to hunt for first victory after defeat at Old Millhillians

Haringey Rhinos (in dark green and red) in action in Herts/Middlesex Division One. Pic: Tony Gay Haringey Rhinos (in dark green and red) in action in Herts/Middlesex Division One. Pic: Tony Gay

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
12:47 PM

Haringey Rhinos remain bottom of Herts/Middlesex Division One after a narrow 18-12 defeat at Old Millhillians.

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Jack Parker scored his third try in two games and, when Rhys Headley crashed over late on, the Rhinos were only three points down at 15-12, fighting for a winning score – but the hosts got the decisive score with a penalty kick.

Haringey captain Amrit Derry said: “I’m really proud of my boys, they came out and did exactly what I asked of them, which was to continue playing with pride and use the form we were in last week [against league leaders Belsize Park] to drive us on. I can’t fault a single player on that pitch and that says a lot about this team.”

The Rhinos had high hopes after an impressive outing against Belsize the previous week, and they took a strong side to face a young Old Millhillians outfit.

The clash was physical from the outset and Haringey dominated the first five minutes, nearly crossing the whitewash in the opening exchanges.

But OMs managed to withstand the early pressure and began to slowly make their way into the Rhinos half, while astute kicking kept the visitors penned in their own 22.

After a warning for an earlier offence, Parker was sent to the sin-bin after what was deemed to be a high tackle, and the hosts took advantage to score the opening try and take a 5-0 lead into the break.

The second half began in the same vein, with the game ebbing and flowing, but neither side could find a way through - until OMs decided to get the ball wide to take advantage of an overlap to dot down unopposed.

The Rhinos were 10-0 down but they began to wake up and back themselves. Good running from centres Andy Emmott and Parker gave them ball on the front foot for the first time in the game, while Tom Burrows put in an excellent performance - and Parker bulldozed through would-be tacklers to touch down, while Tom Armer converted from the touchline.

The Rhinos began to smell blood but unfortunately their defence let them down as the OM’s winger, an elusive and slippery runner, beat numerous tackles to provide the platform for another OM try.

Haringey were down but not out and Armer rolled back the years to turn on the afterburners and beat the defence, eventually leading to a score for Headley, who crashed over from five yards out to take the score to 15-12.

The game was into the last five minutes and the Rhinos had opportunities to go ahead as they hunted for their first league win of the season.

However, they couldn’t take advantage of their chances, and Old Millhillians extended the gap to six points, with very little time for a response.

Haringey Rhinos travel to Hackney on Saturday in their last game before the festive break.

Haringey Rhinos: Headley, Chadwick, Burrows, Derry, Miller, Robinson, Charlton, Mabena, Peterson, Armer, McGregor, Parker, Emmott, Williams, Cooper

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