Rams pride on the line

By Jamie Lowe

It’s simply pride on the line as the Deniliquin Rams host Moama tomorrow.

The Rams have endured a horror Murray Football League season but are focused on winning some games before it is finished.

Moama haven’t had a great season either, but even with just four wins they’re still a chance of making the top eight.

Deni’s only win this year was a surprise upset against Echuca United, which gives the home side some confidence given the Eagles downed Moama by three points a fortnight ago in round 13.

Both sides are fresh off a general bye and Rams playing-coach Todd Gallagher expects a motivated Moama side to turn up tomorrow.

‘‘While they haven’t played as well as most would’ve expected, Moama still have some very talented players,’’ he said.

‘‘They have the likes of Rhys Archard, Tyler Jones, Angus Grigg and Luke Dunham still running around for them.

‘‘My expectations for Saturday are the same as each week — everyone needs to show intensity and I expect gut running from every player.’’

The Rams will be at a big disadvantage, with key defender John Anstee (overseas) and young gun John Bowie (groin) both missing tomorrow.

Deni will also still be without onballer Rick Gittens, who is yet to recover from a rib injury.

‘‘I’m hoping to have Clay Howe and Brett Rose both come back in,’’ Gallagher said.

‘‘We may get Rick back after next week’s bye but that will all depend on how he recovers.

‘‘With Anstee out we lose a rotation in the middle, which means I’ll likely spend the majority of the game on the ball.

‘‘We’ll also have Liam Pitts, Sam Willoughby and Adrian Pappin possibly running through the middle so we should be okay.

‘‘Pepsi (Pappin) will be handy onball with a bit of bashing and crashing with his bigger body.

‘‘We’ll have to try to set the tone early and as long as the effort is there, we’re in the hunt.’’

Selection: Moama by seven goals.