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Rhinos fail to charge, much to Cooper's ire

PUBLISHED: 16:41 23 February 2007 | UPDATED: 14:28 07 September 2010

Haringey Rhinos slumped to the bottom of the London 3 north west table after a disastrous defeat. Fitness was the key factor according to Rhinos director of rugby Alan Cooper, who says his side need a miracle to stay up. After a promising Rhinos start,

Haringey Rhinos slumped to the bottom of the London 3 north west table after a "disastrous" defeat.

Fitness was the key factor according to Rhinos director of rugby Alan Cooper, who says his side need a miracle to stay up.

After a promising Rhinos start, the visitors scored the opening try after 15 minutes.

The Rhinos then took control of the game and were rewarded with a try by Derick Cordy.

Just before the break, however, some sloppy defence allowed London free passage to the try line, giving them a 10-7 lead.

The visitors had too much pace and power in their backs, and used this advantage cleverly by chipping the Rhinos defence or going blind.

Rhinos' hooker Mat Brown scored a consolation try late on, but by then the game was out of reach.

Cooper said: "The two teams beneath us both won and now they've got momentum. It's disastrous for us."

Haringey Rhinos: Cordy, Brown, Burger, Mills, Wilson, Howson, Healey (c), Gold, Fletcher, Watson-Jones, Pert, Roos, Olok, Borich, Gonse.

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