EMERALD Rams are one step closer to reclaiming their 2010 season dominance, after a strong 34-14 win over Clermont Bushpigs at the weekend.
The Bushpigs may have held the home-ground advantage but Rams held the free-flowing ascendency.
Ad-lib play appeared to be at the crux of Emerald’s success, punctuated by a number of standout individual performances.
“It was good to have Sam Thomason back and his 80m intercept try was a definite highlight,” a Rams spokesman said.
“Let’s just hope he doesn’t use that pace as an argument to have a run in the backs.”
Clermont’s powerful forward pack, which is known for holdings its own, was a key target in Emerald’s game plan.
“We knew what to expect from them. They like to rumble up-field through their forwards and they cause a lot of trouble in the rucks,” the spokesman said.
“So we planned to attack them right there and it worked out well, we shut their game down and controlled the pace of things all day. That was probably the most pleasing thing to see.”
The Rams have been humbled by their Central Highlands opposition in recent weeks, bringing down a record winning streak which spanned three seasons.
Traditionally the men in green, the Rams donned a running theme of pink to coincide with the club’s Ladies Day.
A post-match charity auction of players in pink shorts had the ladies on their feet, with one pair reportedly going under the hammer for more than $300.
The Rams play their final home-game of the season at Morton Park on Saturday, where they will take on the Rolleston Roos at 4pm.
The Wallabies vs Springboks game will be televised at the club afterwards.