Haringey Rhino Ladies finish season in style with good win over Kilburn Cosmos

Haringey Rhinos Ladies finished the season in style against Kilburn Cosmos.

Haringey Rhinos Ladies finished the season in style against Kilburn Cosmos. - Credit: Archant

Haringey Rhinos Ladies finished the season in style with a 39-7 victory at White Hart Lane over Kilburn Cosmos.

It was a tense and hard fought contest by both sides with all the points coming in a frantic second half.

The Rhinos finished the season sixth in the Women’s NC London & South East North Two table, recording five wins in total.

Sunday’s win over the Cosmos was all about the second half as far as Haringey were concerned.

They had been pinned back for the entire first 40 minutes and only dogged defending, strong work from Andrea Coley among others and a number of try-saving tackles kept the scoreboard empty at the break.

The Rhinos kicked off the second period though in a determined mood and after Kate Glynn had put the ball into Cosmos’ territory, quick thinking from Aimee Foulkes following a penalty gave the Rhinos their first try.

The Rhinos were able to use the windy conditions to their advantage in this half and kicked their way out of their own 22 and onto another try, this time from Glynn.

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Kilburn came back strongly, however, and were able to break through the Rhinos defence to score their only try.

A number of injuries and cards in the second half resulted in both sides being depleted.

The Rhinos, however, were determined to give Rachel ‘Grandma’ Lum Wai a win in her final ever rugby union game.

And some good teamwork and rugby by the Rhinos led to three final tries. The speedy Patricia Mbata, another Rhinos newcomer Aine McMahon and a final score from full-back Lily Barker saw them to that victory.

A spokesman for the club said: “This season the Rhinos have developed a strong team under coaches Gary McCormick and James Ballard and will look to start next season as strong as we finished.”

There was no joy for the men though as they fell to a 49-27 defeat at home to Watford in Herts Middlesex Two.

They trailed 35-5 at the break and although they fought back in the second half, the damage had already been done.

Dan Rycroft scored two tries and a conversion while Eddie Adair, Hugo Murray and Ben Watkins got one try each.

The Rhinos travel to Old Millhillians on Saturday before the final league game of the season at home to Bank of England on April 8.