Rams host Bears

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The Deni Rams will look to keep their momentum going in round seven of the Murray League when they host Tungamah tomorrow.

The Rams have met the Bears just once in their history, with the former scoring an upset win at Hardinge St Oval last year.

Deni will head into the clash as favourites this time after an impressive 5-1 start to their season sees them sitting third on the ladder.

Tungamah will be no easy task however, sitting at 3-3 after six rounds.

It will be the scoring power of the Bears against the defensive work of the Rams, with the former averaging 91 points a game this season.

Meanwhile Deni are the best defensive team in the league after six rounds, conceding just 330 points — an average of 55 per game — this year, the lowest amount of points against for the competition.

Rams co-coach Sam Hall said the battle in his side’s defence should make for an entertaining clash.

‘‘They’ve (Tungamah) got a very strong midfield with five or six blokes who can rotate through the middle comfortably,’’ he said.

‘‘Tungamah’s coach Bodhi Butts is one of the best onballers in the league so the midfield battle is crucial.

‘‘They’ve also scored quite heavily this year with the likes of Ash Saunders up front, so it probably makes for a good contest with our defence having a solid start to the year.

‘‘If our defenders continue their form I’d expect another tight game.’’

The Rams are likely to make a couple of changes to the side which defeated Rumbalara by six points two weeks ago with Jake Cavallaro and Dylan East both back in the mix.

Despite an injury scare in round six, onballer Ash Morris is also set to play, with Hall saying his injury was much more minor than first expected.

‘‘We’re not quite sure what happened with Ash,’’ Hall said.

‘‘We originally thought he’d strained his hamstring but he’s recovered pretty well and continued training.

‘‘We’ll still be careful with him though, if he’s not at 100 per cent we won’t risk him.’’

Selection: Deni Rams by 16 points.