In a league of its own

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Talk about polar opposites. Last Saturday the Richmond Rabbits had to rely on a late match winner, this week the defending TRL champions reached 104 points as it hammered bottom place Victory Phoenix Vikings in Tahunanui.
With the front rowers laying a platform, Richmond’s classy backs were far too good for the weak Victory side, who scored zero points of its own in the match.
With Tasman Rugby League pulling the pin on this Friday’s Town vs Country game, the Rabbits will be well rested after the rollercoaster fortnight and assistant coach Deon Charles says that is a big positive with injuries hampering the side. “We’re struggling for numbers with a number of injuries but we’re certainly happy with our form and at the end of the day the results are all that counts,” he says. “There’s no game this weekend but we’re looking at it as a positive. We need this weekend off so we can rest up some niggles and get some boys back after the break.”
So what does a coach tell its side after winning by 104 points? “That’s a good question. To be fair we can’t really take a lot from that game. We just have to go back to doing what we do and sticking to our structures and look to the next game. We need to look at what we’re doing and not what level our opposition is at.”
Deon admits he did not expect such a gap between the competition’s best and worst sides.
“We don’t take any team in this competition lightly no matter where they sit but we know they are new and that they are struggling for numbers, like we all are, but we certainly didn’t expect the gap to be that big.”
He thought his rampaging front rowers were the difference between the two. “Tamaio Piripi, Shannon Telfar, Tristan Laubscher and those guys, along with Matt Muollo who was a standout off the bench in his first season. Without those guys setting a platform our great backs wouldn’t be able to score the tries that they do.”