Rhinos is finally earning respect from other sides in Nile Special Rugby League, according to scrumhalf Ivan Markmot.
Rhinos lie fourth in the 10-team log with 31 points, 10 below third placed Betway Kobs and 26 below table leaders Hima Cement Heathens. Rhinos lost 22-23 to Kobs on Saturday at Legends Rugby Grounds.
According to Markmot, Rhinos are a side in transition having brought in coach Brian Makalama barely a year ago followed by a catalogue of signings such as Scot Oluoch, Jasper Onen, Matthias Ochwo, Stallone Arinaitwe and Byron Otekayot in search of silverware.
Although they reached the Uganda Cup quarters and are still stuck in fourth place, Markmot is happy fans and critics are noticing the progress at the club.
“I am glad we are earning more respect especially from Kobs,” he told Daily Monitor.
“They did not taken us that serious before but it has changed this season.”
Rhinos convincingly beat Kobs 34-20 in the first round but the latter had the last laugh on Saturday in a second tough leg, forcing Kobs’ front row Brian Odongo to admit to Markmot that Rhinos had become a much better side.
“He (Odongo) told me after the game that we had become a much better side after we made them toil throughout the game,” he said.
Rhinos play Pirates on Saturday before visiting Heathens the following weekend. They will then host Rams prior to finishing their season against Impis in Makerere.