Rams record broken off by Bushpigs
CLERMONT Bushpigs have brought a record winning streak which might never be matched in the Central Highlands competition to an end.
With an undefeated record spanning the course of three seasons and two decades, Emerald Rams suffered their first loss on the weekend to Clermont Bushpigs, going down in a nail-biter 19-18 at Morton Park in Emerald.
For Clermont coach Josh Scott, the win couldn’t be sweeter.
“It’s a great feeling – we knew we were in for a tough match but everyone rose to the occasion,” he said.
He said walking into the sheds at half-time, it was a sombre mood with players aware there was definitely something lacking in their game.
“We were good for the first 10 minutes then dropped right off – we knew the first-half wasn’t our best footy,” he said.
“But we came out with our heads up and started to throw the ball around a bit more in attack – I don’t think the Rams were ready for that.
“We know now that we can beat one of the top teams in the competition, so that’s going to give us a lot of confidence.”
It is just as well because the Bushpigs will need all the confidence they can muster when they tackle Capella at home this weekend.
Former Mackay league player-turned-Bushpig recruit and halfback Travis Bettridge is proving to be a handy find for Clermont, picking up the weekend’s points honours.
An Emerald Rams spokesperson said their poor play mirrored the poor result and credited Clermont as the better side on the field.
“They were a lot hungrier on the day and it showed. We allowed them to mess with our ball which they did very well and they made sure we never had a solid platform to work from,” the spokesperson said.
In the competition’s second match-up, Capella Cattledogs ran home 65-0 winners over Rolleston Roos at home.
Capella coach Chris Roberts said while their first half performance was outstanding, Rolleston turned the tables early in the second.
“We played our best half of the season at the weekend but Rolleston took it to us for the next 20 minutes after the break,” he said.
It was only in the game’s final stages that Capella really clamped down, scoring three tries in quick succession to blow out the margin.