Rams v Power House
After a tough loss to Footscray in the second round opener, the Rams still sit at 6th place behind Footscray and Melbourne in the Dewar Shield Comp.
Hopes of making playoffs hinge on winning the next couple of games and the teams above losing a few. But the team was focused on the things they could control in their clash with Power House.
The Rams opened the game with some of their best rugby played this season; the back line finding space and playing for territory before the forwards started to dominate set pieces and capitalise up front.
Pat Toeta directed the backline well with decisive kicking and Tui Tuiatua was making solid yardage finding his rhythm with some great footwork. Mark Higginson and Jordan Fowles hard work at the set pieces lay the platform for the forwards to run out wider and into the Power House backs. However, lack of control at the breakdown meant that the ball wasn't free to move out to the wingers to really seal the game in the first half. Jade Murray was having a blinder of a game, often appearing as a loose forward, hitting and cleaning out rucks on his own. Simon Brown managed to snatch a pass from Power House half back to run 40 metres and score. Mohktah and Isaac looked very dangerous with the little ball they had.
24 - Nil Halftime.
The second half saw a change of fortunes with Power House making all the play. Their strategy to speed up the game, behind the defence line and attack worked well and they started to score points. Possession was well maintained by Power House, but Rams were able to scramble together a phase from deep in their half against the run of play, counter, go wide and find Paul who still had to beat two players to score in the corner. The Power House midfield was able to step their way through tackles and off load to their loose forwards scoring 28 unanswered points. Power House were now within 3 points. In desperation the Rams started to rack up the penalties and at one time had 2 players in the bin. In the last 5 minutes, Moorabbin were able to regroup and hold onto the ball. A crucial penalty kick from Puna pushed the lead out for a bit of breathing space. Power House were unable to score any more points and with relief the Rams celebrated when the ref blew the final whistle.
34-28 Full Time
3 points - Simon
2 points - Jade and Puna
1 point - Patty
Tries - Tui, Patolo, Paul, Simon
Conversions - Puna (4)
Penalty goals - Puna (2)
Yellow cards - Paul, Tui, Peter