Rams muscle up for Capella clash
IT may not be finals football just yet but you can bet your bottom dollar both Capella Cattledogs and the Emerald Rams will be playing like it is come Saturday.
There is a lot at stake for the two top-placed Central Highlands teams, not the least a minor premiership and home ground final.
Capella coach Chris Roberts said they had ramped up their training intensity accordingly, with two runs a week instead of the usual one.
“We’re treating every weekend from here on as if it was a final,” he said ahead of the round 13 clash in Tieri.
“We’re taking it very seriously.”
No team is underestimated in Roberts’ playbook and he is taking their clash with Moranbah Bulls the following week with equal trepidation.
“We’ve got two really tough games ahead of us and a loss in either could see us lose a home semi-final,” he said.
Emerald is running off a comfortable 48-10 win against an understrength Rolleston outfit and are wary of the Capella potential this season after delivering a shock upset on Rams home soil earlier this year.
“It’s personal now. They came to Emerald and handed us a lesson and we’ve learnt from it,” a Rams spokesman said.
“They play good rugby, but on our day we know we play better.
“And that’s what it’s about this weekend - going there (Tieri) with a mission and coming away with success.
“We need to prove to ourselves more than anyone else that we’ve got these guys heading into the finals.”
Roberts said knowing Capella had ample ability in the ranks to beat the Rams on any given day allowed his side “a lot of confidence”.