The coach of the Armidale Rams is determined to build confidence in his team after a disappointing result in Glen Innes last weekend, when the Glen Innes Magpies A graders landed their first win on the field this year beating Armidale 66-nil.
Armidale arrived in the Celtic Capital on Sunday short on numbers and Glen Innes took full advantage, running in 34 points to nil in the opening half.
The second stanza brought more heartache for the visitors. A mistake-riddled attack followed by repeat defensive sets allowed the Magpies to continue their rout.
The hosts strolled over for another 32 points and denied their opponents any opportunity to put points on the board in the final 40 minutes to land the win.
“We were down on troops on Sunday,” coach Steve Ware said. “We’ve just got to regroup.”
It was a winless day in all grades for the Rams, after Glen Innes 22 defeated Armidale 10 in the league tag match, and it was a similar story in the Under 18s where Glen 56 easily accounted for Armidale 14.
Ware became the A Grade side’s new coach this year, and resolved to turn around last year’s winless season.
“The boys are not used to winning many games,” he said. “They’re so used to turning up and losing. I think everything’s got to change within themselves, so they’re not used to being the easy victim in the competition anymore.
”They’ve put in much hard work these past four or five months, but they turn up to games and get intimidated by the other team because they’re bigger and stronger.”
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Ware is determined to show that the Rams can lock horns with any team in the region. The Rams’ victory over the Tingha Tigers in mid-April proved that the Rams can win matches – even when down on players.
The Rams played 55 minutes of the clash a player short after an early send-off, and triumphed, thanks to preparation and a relentless attitude.
“That first match against Tingha gave us a bit of light in the end of the tunnel,” Ware said, “but the players themselves need to realise we've got something good here. We just need to stick together and be positive about things that are in place for them.”
“It's self-belief, really, because they've been used to losing for the last couple of years. Instead of being intimidated by the other team, they can turn around and make things happen for themselves, the club, and their families.”
The Rams’ next match is against Moree on Sunday, with an away game against Inverell and a home match versus Narwan to follow.
Ware encouraged supporters to come down and barrack for their team.
“It’s a tough time at the moment, but we’ll get there in the end!”
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