Patrick Regan reflects on Rhinos Round One Performance
Rhinos top the World Tens Series League after round one following five undefeated performances, leaving the side from Southern California as the team to beat in the World Tens.
Ryno Combrinck’s side played some scintillating rugby on day one and adapted well to the wet and slippery conditions on day two, edging out the London Royals thanks to a last minute Cyrille Cama try and conversion from Carl Meyer.
Patrick Regan crossed for two tries in round one and spoke following his side’s victory against the Royals and initially commented on Carl Meyer’s crucial two-point conversion.
“That man has nerves of steel” said Regan.
“I think if he wanted to go for five points he could have knocked that one over to. He is an unreal kicker, and even in the tricky conditions we knew he could do it.”
On paper the Rhinos were certainly the dark horses leading into the World Tens but adapted the quickest to the format and have set the standard heading into the next round.
“We came in wanting to enjoy ourselves and enjoy the experience, but of course we are aiming to win the whole thing and that is still our goal.” Continued Regan.
“The belief from the boys in every single match we have played in has been great. There has not been a single element of doubt. I don’t know what we were expecting, but we will take where we are right now.”
The squad has developed a very tight knit culture in a very short space of time, having only been on the island for just over a week before playing competitively together. Regan recognises the coaching team’s pivotal role in helping to shape this.
“The coaches deserve full credit for getting us all together, everyone is on the same page in terms of the need to work hard when we are training, but enjoying the experience away from the training field together too. We all get along which is fantastic.”
That culture certainly came to the fore when trailing the Royals in the final match of day two, having to go from their own 22, in the pouring rain, without making a mistake to win the game, which they duly did.
“We had a few training sessions in the rain and we had spoken about it because we knew rain was forecast for at least one of the days.
“We knew whichever team best adapted to the conditions would prevail. We enjoyed the weather on day one but to tighten things up on day two in the rain and have everyone putting in a huge effort, was a game changer.”
The squad will enjoy a day or two of resting up the bodies before attention turns to round two of the World Tens Series League, which will also allow Regan and his teammates an opportunity to see the sights of Bermuda and provide some support to the community.
“We are going to do a beach clean together as a group and then get out there together to see the sights. There are some pink sand beaches that I am desperate to go and visit.
“It will then be about preparing for round two, because we know it is only going to get tougher, SX10 will be coming in and Phoenix are going to have their full squad together, so it is going to be tough but we are looking forward to it.”