Rhinos emerge top in World 10s first round after edging London Royals

Rhinos had a 100% win record in the opening round of the World 10s Series played in Bermuda after they scored and converted after the hooter to edge London Royals 7-6 in the final clash of the round played at Bermuda National Sports Complex on Monday.

The side went to the break trailing 6-0 after they conceded first but managed to manoeuvre and pick a win from the clash which they looked like was going the London Royals way.

Ross Neal intercepted a pass by Rhinos as they were on the attack and raced on to score at the other end for London Royals. A conversion at close range earned the side one extra point for a 6-0 lead. Rhinos continued to press for a response but a knock-on near they the try-box just before half-time break hampered their efforts.

The Rhinos started the second half with the target of trimming the gap but struggled to get into Royal’s danger zones. They came close to breaking the lines at the 17th minute after retaining ball from a 22 drop out but a knock-on once again saw them lose possession.

AJ Davis thought he had sealed the game for Royals after making a run and sealing a dummy to touch down but his try was cancelled following an early infringement by his side as they stole the ball from Rhinos before the build-up to the try. The referee awarded a penalty to Rhino’s instead.

Rhinos would then put up a slow but sure build-up after their penalty and after several pick and drives, they scored a try through Cyrille Cama who powered over from close range. Carl Meyer went for a two-pointer conversion jeopardy which handed the side victory.

This was Rhino’s fifth win in the opening round. London Royals got four wins in the event.  The second round is scheduled for next weekend with SX10 expected to return having missed the first round after one of their players tested Positive of COVID-19.

Tournaments one and two, taking place across consecutive weekends from 25 October, will now be a league format, with each team playing each other twice across the weekend. The team with the most wins across the two series tournaments will win the World Tens League Title 2020 and be seeded number one for the WTS Cup.

The WTS Cup will be a knock-out play-off taking place on 7 November. The League Title winner and, number one seed, will receive a bye straight through to the semi-finals with the remaining six teams competing in a quarter-final match. Two Semi-finals and a Final will follow where the WTS Cup 2020 will be awarded to the winning team.


  • Fewer points for a penalty or drop goal (2 points)
  • Kick after try conversion jeopardy (1-5 points) depending on which spot you convert from
  • Shot clock for all kicks (45 seconds)
  • Specialist kickers may be used (within 45 seconds)
  • Captain’s Challenge for try (1 per match). Can only go back two phases
  • Technical Time out 45 seconds
  • 10 players per side, with rolling substitutions. 16 players in match squad
  • No matches drawn, there will be a kicking shoot out if level at full time
  • Yellow card = 2 minute in sin bin
  • Red card = player sent off. Sent off player cannot return but can be replaced after four minutes of play

Round 1 results 

Day two results

Rhinos 7-5 Miami Sun
Ohio Aviators 11-10 Asia Pacific Dragons
London Royals 44-0 Phoenix
Miami Sun 11-10 Ohio Aviators
Phoenix  0-44 Asia Pacific Dragons
Rhinos 7-6 London Royals

Day One results

Miami Sun 6-23 London Royals

Phoenix 0-26 Ohio Aviators

Asia Pacific Dragons  5-16 Rhinos

Ohio Aviators 0-12 Rhinos

Phoenix 0-32 Miami Sun

London Royals 12-0 Asia Pacific Dragons

Phoenix 10-38 Rhinos

Ohio Aviators 10-11 London Royals

Miami Sun 0-20 Asia Pacific Dragons

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