Rams dominant in set piece

Rams dominant in set piece

By Fraser Stewart
31st July
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The Rams have defeated Footscray in their last home game of the Dewar Shield season


A dominant scrum display by the Rams was on show at Harold Caterson Reserve as the home side came away with 42-24 win over Footscray on Saturday afternoon.

The Rams who were donning pink socks to support the McGrath Foundation in their last home game of the season, won multiple penalties and even scored a few tries from their set piece which Footscray struggled to handle all day.

Simon Brown backed up his hat trick from last week as he chimed in with a double, flanker Joseph Annan was also influential at the breakdown.

Footscray didn’t take long to announce themselves on the scoresheet as they nabbed a try within the first couple of minutes.

The Rams replied and gained the lead when Brown crossed four minutes later off a powerful scrum, and Machon Samu added the conversion.

The Rams then extended their lead to 11 points, when Heine McFarland took on multiple Footscray players to plant the ball down.

After threatening to find the line for some time, Footscray eventually scored their second try of the day to cut the deficit to two points.

It was end to end stuff and Moorabbin sparked into gear as a Tomasi Ramanumanu breakaway try pushed the lead to nine points.

The Rams won multiple penalties off the back of their scrum which had been dominant throughout the first half.

Seven minutes before the main break, Brown added his second to make it a 16 point ball game.

The Rams scrum was effective early in the second half as the powerful set piece allowed Troy Cobden to score.

Footscray replied through an intercept try on the 46th minute.

Five minutes later Hunter Ioane combined with Patolo Toeta, with the latter having the easy task crossing over the line.

The last 20 minutes saw both sides trying find the line and after gaining territory the Rams did just that when a lineout reached Cobden as he ran to the line 15 minutes from time.

Footscray edged forward in the last 10 minutes looking to add to their tally but the Rams defence held firm and held the ball up. However, sustained pressure from Footscray finally saw them rewarded just before the full time whistle leaving the Rams to claim an 18 point win.

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