Tigers’ class proves difference for Rams

David SalvaireSound Telegraph

A red-hot Pinjarra Tigers outfit was too good for the Rockingham Rams last Saturday in the round 3 PFNL clash at Sir Ross McLarty Oval.

The Rams held their own in the first quarter and were within a kick heading into the second, but Pinjarra came out firing to put the game out of reach, eventually winning 13.15 (93) to 10.9 (69).

A fourth-quarter comeback looked possible after the Rams kicked five majors but the Tigers held their nerve to keep the visitors at bay.

Joel O’Driscoll led the charge for Pinjarra with four goals ,while Riese Wilkey and Jeffrey Carter were also damaging with three apiece.

Rams’ back line was put to work and responded well with solid performances from Dale Smith and Steven Kenny.

Rocky Collins was also potent through the centre, providing some much-needed run and carry for Rockingham. Rams coach Scott Franklin said he was impressed with the commitment of his side but admitted Pinjarra were too good.

“I can’t question the boys’ endeavour, courage or work rate,” he said. “They were great but Pinjarra were a bit more polished on the day.

“I wanted to make sure we stuck to our one-on-one footy but we got a little undisciplined near half-time.

“If we put our heads over the footy and tackle and chase and make it hard for them, then we can really compete. We’ve come a long way in 12 months and we want to keep on improving.”

Rams face Waroona at Anniversary Park this Saturday at 3.30pm.

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