Too easy for high scoring Rabbits


Richmond Rabbits have hit 50 plus points for the third straight week, thrashing Wanderers Wolves in their own backyard on Saturday, 64-6.
But with three important fixtures coming up over the next three weeks, against other top of the table sides Stoke Cobras and the Tahunanui Tigers plus the Wairau Taniwha away, assistant coach Deon Charles believes it’s hardly the best build up. “It’s going to be really tough playing Stoke then backing up against the Tigers who have already beaten us this season,” says Deon. “To be honest we certainly would have liked tighter games leading up to these tough weeks but it is what it is.”
But he is under no illusion that if the Rabbits can win the next three games that will give them some breathing space at the top of the table. “First and foremost we’ve got to win but this is the toughest three weeks of the competition. Travelling to Blenheim after those two games will be difficult; it’s a really tough road trip.”
Deon says when the team is playing to its structure they look really good, but he admits there are times when their play becomes messy. “There certainly are times when we don’t look so good. There are always things to work on but we’re just happy to be on the right side of the ledger.”
But he puts the current success down to the availability of players with a full-strength line-up regularly taking the field. “The last two to three weeks we’ve been able to settle on a fairly consistent side which always helps with the game plan we are trying to play.
The Rabbits have always been encouraged to play an attacking brand of rugby league, which is clearly working, scoring 14 tries on Saturday in Brightwater. “But that doesn’t mean we try to score every time we touch the ball. We don’t ever take anybody lightly but there is never a lack of motivation when we play Wanderers.”
In the round’s other TRL matches, the Stoke Cobras beat the Victory Phoenix-Vikings 74-10 while the Tahunanui Tigers edged the Wairau Taniwha 28-26.