Late penalty floors Rams

The Yass Rams fell agonisingly short of claiming the Boots ‘N’ All Cup for the third year in succession. Photo: Tom Johnson.Saturday’s 16-15 loss to Cooma was a step in the right direction, according to Yass Rams captain Ben Patrick.

Despite another loss, which makes so many in a row Patrick has “stopped counting”, the skipper was singing the team’s praises.

“It was the best we’ve played this year; I was really happy with how we went,” the scrum-half told the Tribune.

The injury crisis has been well documented but Patrick says their luck is turning around.

“It’s not all doom and gloom, we’ve finally got our whole back-line back and we should get a few forwards back in the next couple of weeks, which will help with our go-forward,” he said.

“We’re in equal fourth I think with Cooma now, so we need to beat RMC this weekend and then get some momentum.”

The Rams came within a couple of minutes of victory at Victoria Park but Cooma snatched the game away with a late penalty goal. It ends Yass’ recent success in the Boots ‘N’ All Cup between the two sides, with the Rams winning the previous two clashes.

As a result Yass now trails Cooma in the Gordon Litchfield Wool sponsored Boots ‘N’ All Cup by eight wins to four, since its inception in 2001.

“There’s a good rivalry there, we get on well with the Cooma blokes and have the same sort of culture,” Patrick explained.

“So yeah it’s great that we can do this and that Litchfield Wool gets behind it.”

The second-grade enjoyed a good win, with a number of their players returning from first-grade call-ups.

“They played really well; they had their strongest team for a few weeks thanks to that flow-on effect of our players coming back from injury,” Patrick said.

The two sides now take on the Royal Military College at Victoria Park on Saturday.

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