Rams pride on the line

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT - 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.

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