Rams impress with nine-try rout of Whalers

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 18/08/2014
Korey Pennicott
JOHN HAWKINS/FAIRFAX NZ
RAMPAGE: Southland Rams player Korey Pennicott on the charge in the opening round of the South Island inter-district rugby league competition.

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The Southland Rams are off to a flying start in the South Island inter-district rugby league competition.

They overpowered the Otago Whalers 44-6 and had the upper hand for most of the game at the Les George Oval, Sandy Pt, on Saturday. The Rams scored nine tries.

Coach Greg Dawson said it was hard to single out a standout player because everyone contributed. He was impressed with the Rams' defence which restricted the Whalers to six points.

A few combinations were tried during the game, to Dawson's satisfaction. "This is one of the stronger teams we've had. We just need to keep improving."

Better ball control will be worked on at training tomorrow night, along with another priority, completing sets of six.

"It's early days but I'm very pleased with the start we've made," Dawson said.

The runaway try of Rams player Joshua Gough was a highlight of the game and drew appreciation from supporters tooting car horns.

"F. . . it was a long way," Gough said of his 90m run. "It felt like forever to get there."

Poor defence and lapses in concentration brought the downfall of the Whalers, coach Ray Fitiao said.

"Southland was very slick and had a great skill level . . . our boys didn't match up. We're a much better team than what we showed today."

The Whalers take on Canterbury in Christchurch on Saturday, when the Rams will be in Greymouth playing West Coast.

Tasman beat West Coast 44-36 in Greymouth on Saturday, while Canterbury had a bye at the weekend.

jamie.searle@stl.co.nz

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