Camden have made a statement after a dominant 44-6 win over Thirlmere in Round 2 of Group 6 Rugby League on Sunday afternoon. The Rams controlled play for the majority of the afternoon, in front of a typically vocal crowd at Harvey Shephard Field, in perfect Autumn conditions.
Camden kicked off the scoring early, with a try after 7 minutes, thanks to fullback Steele Brown, giving the locals the perfect start, surprising many of the crowd in attendance.
Big centre Christian Poutoa scored after 24 minutes, and the Rams had skipped out to a 14-0 lead, with Thirlmere still stunned by the start from the home side. Second rower Toby Huxley, who was among the best on the field for Camden, ended his day with four tries, and bagged his first minutes later, giving the Rams a 20-0 lead.
Thirlmere managed their only points of the match 7 minutes before halftime, when centre Jordan Tongahai charged over after a strong run on the right-hand side, giving the Roosters’ something to cheer about.
Thirlmere captain/coach Jake Mullaney would have been frustrated with the first half, but would have known they had little possession, and even less territory in the opening term. If they could address that, they had the personnel and ability to score the points needed.
Camden’s big No.6 Luke Peoples had something to say about that though, scoring almost immediately after the resumption of play, extending the Rams’ lead to 20 points.
Much of the second half was littered with errors from both sides, which slowed the style of play on display from the Rams and Roosters alike.
Huxley bagged his second 15 minutes into the second half, but by now the result appeared well beyond doubt, with the Rams controlling play at will.
Huxley added his final two tries in the final 10 minutes, plus another to impressive hooker Corey White saw the scoreline end at 44-6 in favour of the locals.
Camden coach Nick Crouch would have been delighted with the performance of his side, especially the platform laid by his forwards, led by Huxley, Dean Rysko and Jake Dooner.
Jake Plunkett, playing at halfback, was instrumental in steering the Rams around, ably assisted by Luke Peoples at five eighth, allowing the backs to regularly cause problems for the Thirlmere defence.
Mullaney will know his side has plenty of work to do before next week’s match at home, with reigning premiers Campbelltown City. Defence will be a key aspect this week for the Roosters.
The other Round 2 results saw The Oaks defeat Moss Vale 36-10 on Saturday night at Dudley Chesham Oval, while on Sunday, Picton held on for a 22-16 win over Mittagong at Victoria Park, and Narellan remained at the top of the table, with a 28-22 win over Campbelltown City, in the Roos’ first outing for the season.