Rhinos learn to try, try, try again
London Nigerian 10 Haringey Rhinos 32
HARINGEY finally arrested their four-match losing run and rose to fourth place in London Division 3 North West after running in five tries at London Nigerian’s Linford Christie Stadium.
The Rhinos took the lead at Wormwood Scrubs through a Gareth Jones penalty kick, but then conceded a bizarre try as a chip kick bounced off the post and into the waiting arms of an opposing centre, who touched down for a converted score.
Constant infringements from the hosts then gave Rhinos a succession of penalties and, having kicked their way up the touchline, the visitors found themselves on the five-metre line.
With lock Pat Hawkes and flanker Gareth Evans masterminding an excellent line-out, Haringey got a shove on and drove over the try-line, with hooker Rob Wood coming up with the ball. Jones slotted the conversion to level the scores at 10-10 at half-time.
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That try proved to be a turning point for the Rhinos, who did not conceded another point in the game, and took the lead as winger Chris Whitear caught Shaun Huiskamp’s inch-perfect crossfield kick and dotted the ball down in the corner.
Endless infringements at the scrum, ruck and offside line led to more penalties for Haringey and the Rhinos repeated their earlier trick by kicking for the touchline, winning the line-out and powering over the line, with substitute Rob Handles this time coming up with the score.
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That was followed by a carbon copy five minutes later as the away side won yet another attacking line-out and drove over the line, with Handles again claiming the try.
The Nigerians’ hopes of a turnaround had long gone, and there was another try to come in the closing seconds as Jones put a dainty chip through the defence and Tom Love dived in to score under the posts.
Haringey now have a weekend off before hosting 11th-placed Wasps Amateurs on December 4.
Haringey Rhinos: Berry, Wood, M Whitear, Howson, Hawkes, Jakens, Evans, Gains, Huiskamp, Jonker, C Whitear, Jones, Love, Mehr, McDevitt, Burrows, Tommy, Handles.