Pies ready for Rumba

May 12, 2018

Helping hand: Moama's Angus Grigg (right) is one of many new Moama faces looking to have an impact against Rumbalara today.

Moama will look to continue its climb back up the Murray league ladder when it hosts red-hot Rumbalara today.

The Magpies ended a three-game slump in their last contest, beating Katandra comfortably by 10 goals, but would expect a ferocious challenge in today’s match.

Rumba has won three straight games and has been impressive, particularly last weekend with a confident win against Tungamah.

Coach Kane Atkinson said the early success could be put down to one key area — pressure.

‘‘It’s been really positive, I reckon it’s a great start after three wins last year,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve already improved on that and we’re pretty happy.

‘‘We’ve got a fitness plan in place and we’re a lot more fit. We’ve got a lot of young guys who we’re letting use their leg speed and pressure.’’

But he was quick to add the pressure would need to be high again to take it up to the Mowers.

‘‘We’re not underestimating Moama at all, they’ve probably started a bit slow but they are a side that can turn it on,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ve got a lot of quality and it’s just a matter of when they get it together.

‘‘We’re trying to bring that pressure every week and I think we’ve done that so far. We want to play the same game every week, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we want consistent football.’’

Moama coach Mark Lloyd expected a tough test from the in-form side.

‘‘They’re 4-2 and the form doesn’t lie; I’d have to think they go in as favourites and they certainly play a good brand of footy,’’ he said.

‘‘We know how dangerous they can be when they get some scoreboard pressure happening, so we need to make sure we make the most of our home crowd advantage.’’

Lloyd said a high turnover of players meant it would take time for his side to jell and get back to its powerful self.

‘‘We always thought we’d be stronger in the second half of the year and we had that good performance in round one, but were taught a good lesson by Nathalia in round two,’’ he said.

‘‘Particularly when momentum starts to go against us, we’re struggling to maintain and stick to our structures and game plan.

‘‘Things are starting to come together and it’s certainly not panic stations, we’ve got full faith in our new guys and there’s still experience on every line.’’

Rumbalara will be lacking some talent with Djaran Whyman, Rex Taylor and Tim Kelly all unavailable for the match at Moama Recreation Reserve.

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