EMERALD Rams gave Rolleston Roos a touch-up at Morton Park at the weekend with a convincing 61-7 win.
The reigning premiers brought plenty to the table against an under-strength Roos side, which was bolstered by Emerald players who offered to fill positions.
Early Emerald tries took the Rams’ lead out to 19 points to nil before the Roos showed their hand with strike weapon John Kuavai, substituted into front-row.
But Kuavai - the Rams’ coach - could do little to halt the points blitz by his Emerald side, as they skipped out to a 46-6 half-time lead.
A scrappy mid-half intermission saw the ball spend more time on the ground than in the hands until the Roos got their break.
After withstanding wave after wave of Rams attack camped in their own 30m, the Roos scrambled some quick possession and put in a clever kick downfield with a great kick-chase.
Rolleston replacement Cameron Way scooped up the pill before skirting the sideline and running away for the Roos’ first try of the game.
The game ended abruptly after a Rolleston player suffered a serious leg injury which required him to stay on field until the ambulance arrived.
“The boys gave me a bit of a touch-up - it was good to see,” Rams coach Kuavai said after facing off against the players he mentors.
“Rolleston turned up the pressure in the second half and started to shut us down but our boys managed to hang on.”
John said they trialled some new drills in the game, aiming to put them in good stead against an unpredictable Clermont Bushpigs outfit this weekend.
“The boys gave me a bit of a touch-up - it was good to see.” Rams coach John Kuavai comes up against his own players while standing in for the Rolleston Roos.
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