First round cup exit for Rhinos

Derbyshire Cup, first round

Chesterfield Panthers 1st XV 57pts

Ripley Rhinos 1st XV 0pts

RHINOS were soundly beaten at Chesterfield Panthers in this Derbyshire Cup 1st round match on Wednesday.

With Ripley putting out a makeshift side it was always going to be a tough job for the maroons.

A slow start, allied to Chesterfield spreading the ball wide and hitting it at pace saw the game slip away from Rhinos before half time.

Five Chesterfield tries saw them lead 36-0 at the break.

The second half saw Ripley’s defensive effort ratchet up and although Chesterfield scored three more tries, the Rhinos played with spirit and passion and enjoying their rugby even in a 57-0 defeat.

Despite being soundly beaten, Ripley came off the pitch with their objective achieved - rugby played, game enjoyed, smile on the face.

Hooker Dave Arrowsmith just pipped flanker Sam Musgrove to the Abex Window Cleaning Contractors man of the match award for quality play in the set piece and presence around the pitch.