THE Armidale Rams will need to get off to a flying start when they face the Inverell Hawks on Sunday.
While the Rams have suffered losses to Glen Innes and Gwydir, the side’s coach Brian Dennison said they know what to do to get their season back on track.
“We are starting the game too late and we are giving them too much of a head start,” he said.
“And we have talked about trying to reduce the number of tries we give away.”
No Group 19 games were played last weekend due to the northern division championship and Dennison said the Rams have used the time to plan their defence.
“Our forwards are defending well and we are walking on our backs matching them,” he said.
“A couple of times, teams have scored fluke tries and when you take them away we are in good stead.
“But the back line need to lift their game.”
The Rams are yet to confirm their line-up that will travel to Inverell but the side will see the return of centre Brad Hague, who was injured during the game against Glen Innes.
“We are still unsure of the line up with a few guys carrying a few injuries, but Brad Hague will be back which will be good,” Dennison said.
“Our strength is our forwards… but we need to make sure we have good defence across the park not just through the middle.”
Defending premiers the Glen Innes Magpies are currently sitting on top of the Group 19 ladder ahead of the Moree Boomerangs and Gwydir.
The Tingha Tigers are in fourth place ahead of Armidale and Inverell, while the Ashford Roosters are at the bottom of the table.
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