UNION TEAM UNITED
Echidnas show good signs in loss
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.
BREAKING THROUGH: Adam Shorten threatens to break the Rangers line on Saturday.