Andrew Melloy takes the lineout for the Cattledogs in Tieri.
Andrew Melloy takes the lineout for the Cattledogs in Tieri.

Cattledogs keeping up

CAPELLA Cattledogs have set the benchmark in the Central Highlands competition, after a 20-0 whitewash of Emerald Rams at the weekend.

However it’s an uneasy victory for Cattledogs club president Tim Reeves, who still sees plenty of improvement in the back half of their 2011 season campaign.

“We’ve been starting games strong all year but then falling away later in the match – trying to score with every play,” Reeves said.

“We need to stick to the game plan and play for the full 80 minutes.”

The win gives Capella one foot in the door in securing a vital home semi-final but with two games still left to play in the regular season, Reeves can see that the struggle is far from over.

Saturday’s encounter with the Rams played in Tieri drew a good roll-up from the Cattledogs supporter base, Reeves said, giving good comfort in their run to the finals.

“The town is really starting to get behind us now,” he said.

“We’ve just got to keep getting the numbers to training and play the rugby we know we can.”

This week Capella is away to an always formidable home-town Moranbah Bulls squad.

The game holds an extra-special significance as the first Charity Shield match played between the neighbouring clubs, in support of the beyondblue initiative.

Reeves said they hoped to make the charity match an annual fixture in the competition.

He said they were also expecting plenty grunt from Moranbah this weekend.

“We know it will be a pretty hard game – they’ll come out firing,” he said.


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