Rams do enough to beat Whalers

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A first-half brace of tries to Southland Rams hooker Daniel Low set up a scrappy victory over the Otago Whalers in their South Island provincial rugby league clash on Saturday .
It was the first time the Rams have played at the Gore A&P Showgrounds and the 18-10 win makes it two from two so far this season.
Southland Rams coach Moses Fa’amoe-Ioane said he was happy with the result but was still disappointed in his side’s performance.
‘‘It was a frustrating match to watch from a coach’s point of view. We had structures in place before the match and we weren’t sticking to them, with far too many turnovers,’’ Fa’amoe-Ioane said.
Low’s two tries meant the Rams had a 12-4 lead at the break only for early secondhalf mistakes to let the Whalers back in the match.
A knock on from the kickoff followed by a penalty led to a try to Otago’s fullback Taua Piri.
Otago continued to apply pressure but both teams struggled when it came to their set completion rates.
Fa’amoe-Ioane said his side would have been lucky to get near a 50% completion rate.
When Otago lost Hagan Free to the sinbin for 10 minutes, the Rams did not capitalise.
Both sides continued to push too many unnecessary passes which led to mistakes.
Finally, a late try to Rams centre Logo Peteru sealed the match for his team.
Fa’amoe-Ioane said he was pleased with the turnout from the locals and was keen to bring another game to Gore at some stage.
He was also happy with the performance from Mataura players Tyson Crown and Heath Roberts.
He said fullback Roberts saved a couple of tries and ran strong from the back.
The Rams now take on the West Coast away in a match that will determine whether the team qualifies for the new national regional rugby league competition.