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Rams make it two wins in a row

By Fraser Stewart

The rams have clicked into gear against Footscray

The Moorabbin Rams have made it two wins in a row after a strong second half performance against Footscray at Henry Turner Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

The Rams scrum was dominant throughout the day and Antonio Raqio and Heine McFarland both scored two tries as the visitors came away with a 31-41 win.

It took a while before things kicked into gear as both teams traded penalties and territory in the opening stanza, but it was the Rams who opened the scoring first.

After winning an early scrum the Rams sent the ball wide to the winger Henie McFarland as he danced through multiple Footscray players, to plant the ball over the line on the 10th minute. Machon Samu converted to make it 0-7.

The home side then mounted pressure throughout the opening minutes of play, but they were finally rewarded on the 20th minute, when Kainga Pesalili dotted the ball down. A missed conversion meant the Rams held a two point advantage.

Footscray added another not long after when full back Yuta Matsumoto, ran onto a grubber kick to take the lead to five points.

The Rams clicked into gear before half time as they scored two tires in five minutes to make the scores 12-17, when prop Sammy Ikihega and winger Raqio both put the ball over the chalk.

The final five minutes of the first half proved to be a testing one for the Rams, as Footscray mounted pressure just metres from the line, building phase after phase, but the Rams defence held firm and more importantly had a five point advantage at the main break.

Footscray added two tries in five minutes after the restart when Soni Fusi and Martin Naufahu extended their lead.

Angus Murray made sure the Rams were in touching distance when he crossed not long after to cut the deficit to two points.

Raqio added his second 20 minutes from time when he dived over the chalk, to hold a three point lead.

The visitors soon extended their lead when Marac Beckham found himself on the scoresheet as he pounced on a loose ball to make it a ten point ball game.

There was no taking the foot off the pedal as the Rams soon made it seven tries to four, when McFarland nabbed his second of the day to make the scores 41-24 with little time left to play.

A Fusi try and a conversion by Naufahu late in the game cut the margin to 10 points but at that stage it was too little too late, as the away side claimed their second win of the season.

Updated 13:01 - 1 Jun 2019 by Ian Nathan

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