THE Rams fought furiously into the late stages of the second half to outclass the Tenterfield Tigers 48-30 at Armidale Rugby League Park on Saturday.
The Rams and the Tigers kept within a few points of each other and with only 15 minutes to go, the Tigers were in front 30-28.
This kept Rams’ player-coach Brian Dennison very nervous on the sidelines.
“We scored more tries than the Tigers, but we were unable to convert, which had me worried,” he said.
“The boys seemed to stay composed under pressure and a few well-timed tries then put us well into the lead.”
The star of the Rams’ side was Dylan Griffiths who was on debut in the first-grade team.
Eighteen-year-old Griffiths scored three tries for the Rams, two of which were back-to-back.
“Dylan was pivotal in breaking Tenterfield’s back,” Dennison said.
“Scoring two tries so close together, made it very hard for them to respond in the dying stages of the game.”
The Rams will head to Inverell next weekend to battle it out against the Hawks.
With the Hawks sitting firmly in second position on the ladder, the Rams will will need to win in order to cement their place inside the top four.
“We are one of the only two teams to have beaten Inverell this season, but that does not mean it won’t be a tough game,” Dennison said.
He said the Rams needed to continue to work on staying focused in defence to stop the Hawks soaring to victory.
“We need to make sure that we stay on top of our game very early on to make sure we don’t end up running out of time on the clock to fight back,” he said.