1st Grade victorious over Kings 57-20
2nd and 3rd Grade also pick up bonus point wins
1st Grade have continued their strong start to the Irish Magners Cider Clark Cup, with a 57-20 point win over Kings. Various injuries caused a few late changes for the Rams. However the injuries could not stop the Rams on the field, with Daniel De Santis scoring a hattrick inside the first half. Sam Trickett and replacement Zac Johnson both bagged doubles, while Amena Bushell and Scott Palmer crossed the line late in the game. It was a comprehensive team effort and every player did their job. The front row was strong, while the rest of the forwards won the ruck with Kieran Desmond impressing in his first game for the year, along side the usual Tom Johnson and Ben Tuminello. Dave Murray also added some strong impact off the interchange bench.
The 2nd Grade juggernaut rolled as 2nd Grade blitzed Kings 52-0. Todd Palmer was a late inclusion for the home side, and opened the scoring to get the Rams out to a 7-0 lead. The platform was laid in the forwards as Alasdair Forrest, Blake Cabot and captain Hugh Stahel lead the charge as the Rams dominated territory and possession. Debutant Michael Bortolussi was the star for the Rams, with a combination of strength, speed and footwork bagging him a hattrick. Harry Byrnes also continued his try scoring frenzy with a double. Nawia Nomoa and Charlie Pepe also added points, as the Rams completely dominated their new local rivals in Division 3.
3rd Grade recorded their second straight victory with a 26-0 shut out of Kings. AJ Gray got the home side on the board, scooting from 10 metres out to give the Rams a 7-0 lead at half time. Shaun Pike was proving a handful out wide, but the Rams failed to capitalize on many half chances, going into the break just 7-0 up. The second half was far more clinical for the Rams, playing the game at the right end of the field. Sam Attfield, Beau Levy and Tschan Tschan all crossed as the Rams picked up a bonus point victory. Adam Rust was strong in his debut game for the club, while Jordan Williams was everywhere, as the Rams put in a clinical second half performance.
4th Grade suffered the clubs first grade loss of the year, with a 29-12 loss. Kings displayed some high quality play and gradually wore down a Rams outfit who fought hard to the end. Scott Thurbon and Ben Maguire did a fantastic job of holding the powerful Kings scrum, while Richard Hazzaz and Gabriel Stewarts continued to work hard all across the field. Out wide, Berend Du Plessis proved a handful in his first game in the centres, with many powerful runs. One win from two starts to begin the year.
The rams next head to UWSH on May 2nd for their second away fixture of the season.