Let’s kick on: Western looks to the boot to progress past Riverina

GOING FORWARD: Orange Hawks and Western Rams gun Ella-J Harris looks for options during her side's round one win. Photo: PETE GUTHRIE

GOING FORWARD: Orange Hawks and Western Rams gun Ella-J Harris looks for options during her side's round one win. Photo: PETE GUTHRIE

With a win now under his side’s belt at the Country Championship, Rams coach Mick Armstrong is hoping his Western league tag team will kick on – literally.

Western scored two tries from deft little grubber kicks in behind the line during a thrilling 18-14 win over Monaro in round one.

Armstrong says it’s a tactic he’s hoping the Rams girls will turn to again in round two against Riverina at West Wyalong on Saturday.

“It’s a good little play in league tag, it’s not really seen a lot,” Armstrong said.

On both occasions, the kick came from the right boot of Orange Hawks gun Bec Ford, Bears speedster Sophie Stammers leaping on the first to score while Ford jumped on her own little grubber for the second try.

Armstrong was predicting a more cohesive Western outfit, one keen to improve on the couple of defensive lapses that allowed Monaro back into last week’s opening round clash at Cowra’s Sid Kallas Oval.

It’s a good little play in league tag. - Western's Mick Armstrong

“Our one-on-one tagging let us down. That’s something we’ll talk about. I thought if we tagged a bit better against Monaro we win by a few more points,” Armstrong said.

Rams welcome Dubbo CYMS talent Rikka Lamb back into the squad for the Riverina clash. The young outside back was away with work commitments for the first round.

She is joined in the squad by Fishies teammate Demi Wilson, who was praised by Armstrong following the round one win over Monaro.

RAMS: 1 Sophie Stammers (Blayney Bears), 2 Heidi Regan (Cargo Blue Heelers), 3 Rebecca Ford (Orange Hawks), 4 Claire Woolmington (Bathurst Panthers), 5 Amy Hewitt (Bathurst Panthers), 6 Michelle Somers (Bathurst St Pat’s), 7 Jess Hotham (Bathurst Panthers), 8 Demi Wilson (Dubbo CYMS), 9 Ella-J Harris (Orange Hawks), 10 Monique Christie-Johnston (Bathurst Panthers), 11 Emma Gallagher (Dunedoo Swans), 12 Lisa Travis (Cobar Roosters), 13 Chrissie West (Lithgow Workies); Bench: 14 Lauren Sullivan (Dunedoo Swans), 15 Rikka Lamb (Dubbo CYMS).

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