Rams too good for Chargers
The Southland Rams are unbeaten after the first two rounds of the South Island premier rugby league competition.
They withstood a late comeback from the West Coast Chargers to win 40-34 in fine weather at Wingham Park, Greymouth, on Saturday. The Rams were in front 18-6 at half time.
Dylan Lovett bagged three tries, while the other five Ram's tries were scored by Matthew Low, Spadie Gage, Lucas Pikia, Pehi Te Whare and Ome Raimona.
Korey Pennicott (three) and Daniel Low (one) converted four tries.
Scoring started 10 minutes into the game with Lovett crossing the try line. Raimona's try, converted by Pennicott, took the Rams to a big lead of 40-12 in the second half.
Rams coach Greg Dawson warned his players at halftime to expect a fired up Chargers team in the second half.
"I told the boys they would come back at us and they did," Dawson said.
"Early in the second half a couple of calls went against us."
The Rams held on against a determined Charger's team in the final 20 minutes. Tensions boiled over near fulltime with virtually all players involved in a 30sec fight. Matthew Low, of the Rams, was sin-binned as a result of the dust up.
"I've been up here many times and they dig deep and play with passion," Dawson said of West Coast league.
The Rams have a bye this week but their next two games are at home - Rugby Park in Invercargill.
In the other South Island premier competition game on Saturday, Canterbury Development beat the Otago Whalers 32-12 in Christchurch. Canterbury led 18-12 at halftime.
- The Southland Times