Rams Ready to Fire Against Eagles in NRL Curtain Raiser

Updated: May 15, 2018

The Western Rams will take on the Manly Sea Eagles in a battle of the CRL Andrew Johns Cup and NSWRL Harold Matthews Cup Champions, as a curtain raiser to the St George Illawarra and Canberra Raiders NRL match at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium this weekend.

Western Rams coach Kurt Hancock is excited about the opportunity to compete against some of Metropolitan NSW’s best junior representative players and believes his side is up for the challenge.
“We’re not going there to tuck the footy under our jumper and play conservatively, were going to give it a red-hot crack and challenge ourselves,” Hancock said.

“Manly are the benchmark of 16-year old’s in NSW so for us to get better as players we’ve got to go out there, play some attacking footy and see what happens from there.

“Obviously the first 20 minutes is going to be a huge, they’re big, fast and they blow a lot of sides away in that first 20 minutes so we’ve got to be wary of that.

After an unbeaten season in the Andrew Johns Cup, Hancock says that his team will go in as underdogs against Manly, who won their first-ever Harold Matthews Grand Final against Parramatta earlier this month.

“Were not expected to win but it’s solely about us making sure that we find out a bit about ourselves as Rugby League players and hopefully they can be better from the experience.

“The players are going to be pushed to limits that they haven’t been as a football players yet or as individuals but that’s where you learn a lot about yourself.

“Hopefully it’s something that can be done again in the future; it’s a great opportunity for these kids from the bush to play before an NRL game.”

The Western Rams and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles match will kick-off at 11:45am at Glen Willow Sports Complex, Mudgee; with the St George Illawarra Dragons and Canberra Raiders NRL match kicking off at 2:00pm.