UNION TEAM UNITED

Echid­nas show good signs in loss

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Joshua Macree Joshua.Macree@west­ern­starnews.com

RUGBY UNION: The Roma Echid­nas have fallen short in their round three clash against Toowoomba Rangers at Gal­las Fox Oval on Satur­day, go­ing down 19-44.

In sti­fling hot con­di­tions, the Echid­nas showed glimpses of po­ten­tial through­out pas­sages of the game, par­tic­u­larly in the sec­ond half, but were un­able to main­tain it for the full 80 min­utes, with the Rangers keep­ing the home side at bay.

De­spite scor­ing the open­ing try and fall­ing within touch­ing dis­tance mid­way through the sec­ond half, the Echid­nas shot them­selves in the foot at cru­cial stages of the match.

Echid­nas cap­tain Ed Cross said his side needed to main­tain their con­cen­tra­tion to stay in the con­test.

“It was a tough game, we came out hard early, but I still think we’re a 60 minute team and games go for 80 so we’ve got a bit more work to do in that area,” he said.

“It’s only our sec­ond hit out of the year, but we had a good line-up of boys again this af­ter­noon so things are look­ing on the up.

“We need to keep work­ing on the last 10 min­utes in each half, we just need to end the halves strongly which comes down to a bit of fit­ness”

“An­other warm week­end doesn’t help, but we’ll def­i­nitely get stronger.”

Cross paid spe­cial trib­ute to the parochial home sup­porter base at Gal­las Fox Oval.

“We had a good crowd on the hill again and I’m look­ing for­ward to an­other two home games here,” he said.

“We want to keep build­ing on these home crowds and mak­ing a fist of the next cou­ple of weeks.”

In bet­ter news for the club, the C Grade team were vic­to­ri­ous in the af­ter­noon’s cur­tain-raiser match, eclips­ing the Rangers 29-12 in an ex­cit­ing game.

PHOTO: JOSHUA MACREE

BREAK­ING THROUGH: Adam Shorten threat­ens to break the Rangers line on Satur­day.

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