1st Grade go 2 from 2.
Top three grades prevail in the wet.
A five try blitz has seen the Epping Rams record a 45-14 win in the second round of the Magners Irish Cider Clark Cup.
Epping winger Robert Bushell opened the scoring in the fifth minute, after collecting a nice pass from brother Amena. The Rams continued to shift the ball from side to side, creating various opportunities throughout the first half. Tane Dobbie finished off the Rams second try with a perfectly timed blindside raid, before a rare penalty try was awarded when Sam Trickett was head-high tackled over the tryline. Epping went to the break with a convincing 25-0 lead.
The 2nd half was much of the same for Briars, when Trevor Dobbie crashed over from short range. Daniel De Santos also scored his second try of the season, collecting the bounce to a perfectly placed kick by five eigth Scott Palmer. Briars would fight to the end, scoring two late tries, but the game well and truly belonged to Epping, who head to the Easter Break as competition leaders.
Despite the win, assistant coach Ian Turner believes their are plenty of areas for improvement. “We played well, but at times our execution wasn’t where we wanted it to be. We will have to be better when we play Kobs in round 3″, said Turner.
In 2nd Grade, the Rams recorded their first win of the season with a 10-7 victory over Briars. In a game marred by errors, the Rams never appeared to get out of 2nd gear. The Rams forwards dominated the first half, laying the platform for the game. AJ Gray opened the scoring for Epping, finishing off some individual brilliance from Brock Heydon. Harry Byrnes charged over for the Rams 2nd try, to take Epping to a 10-0 lead at the break. The second half was a different contest, with several injuries hurting the Rams, as well as a inspired fight back by the home side. The Rams held on however for a narrow 3 point win. Martin Wheeler was awarded man of the match in his first game in second grade.
3rd Grade have already accumulated more competition points than in the whole of 2013. The Rams 3rd XV won their second game in a row, with a 26-0 shut out of Briars. Nawia Nomia was the star of the show, with a man of the match performance for the second week in a row, crossing for two tries. Ben Maguire and Josh O’Hearn Rosinski also scored, as the experienced halves pairing of Andrew Beaven and Adam Edwards guided the new look third grade side to their second straight win to start their 2014 campaign.
4th Grade were outplayed by a very classy Briars outfit. The Rams could not compete with the powerful runners in the Briars backline, as they laid on 5 tries for a 35-0 win.
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