TRIPLE THREAT: Emerald Rams take home third premiership in as many years.
TRIPLE THREAT: Emerald Rams take home third premiership in as many years. Jessica Dorey

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RUGBY UNION: EMERALD Rams were unstoppable in Saturday's battle against Clermont Bush Pigs.

After dominating the first half, the Rams went into the break with a 13-0 lead.

The Rams continued to push forward until Bush Pigs player Cameron Wairama was injured forcing a break in the final 10 minutes.

Bush Pigs co-coach Kurt Andrews said although it was only precautionary, the team's concern was serious.

"Cameron heard a crack in his neck. He was taken to hospital, and had CT scans. They all came back negative and he was released that evening.”

The Bush Pigs came back and scored their only try of the game before the game finished with Rams victorious 26-5.

However, that couldn't stop the Rams from taking home the trophy.

Co-coach Cameron Heath said the team is pleased with the result after all of their hard work.

"We are really happy with the way we played,” he said.

"All year we've let Clermont get in front in the first half and struggled to beat them in the second (half). But we managed to keep them at bay during the first half which put us in a great position in the second half.”

The final score saw the Emerald Rams take their third grand final win in as many years.

Andrews said the Rams were too good on the day for their young team.

"There were a lot of nerves in our young players. The Rams just had too much experience on the day.”

Andrews said it was the lack of strong defence that allowed the Rams to make such a significant lead.

"Our boys didn't defend as well as they have been the last couple of weeks,” he said

"That allowed the Rams to get through.

"Emerald played a great game.

"They've built up the team over the past few years and dominated the competition.”

But the Bush Pigs are already looking toward next year.

"We're on our way back up,” Andrews said.

"We've got a great team of young players so we are looking towards the future.”

The Rams only dropped one game during the season to make the final.

Heath said the team was motivated to keep that momentum in the final.

"We worked very hard throughout the season and we are very happy with the end result.”

However, the results don't just come from the players on the day Heath said.

"It takes a lot of people to get to the final,” he said.

"From families to supporters and all of the guys who play throughout the season who don't get to play on the day.”

With a strong season behind them, Heath said the Bush Pigs will be tough to beat next year.

"They've had a tremendous season.

"They were a tough team to beat this season and will be even stronger next year.”


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