Power House and Moorabbin look to push into top four

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By James Wong

Power House and Moorabbin will both be looking to push into the Dewar Shield top four when they meet at Keys Road Reserve on Saturday.

After two rounds, both sides have a win and a loss to their name and sit just outside the top four.

Power House went down in the first round to Melbourne 45-5 and defeated Southern Districts 37-12 last round while Moorabbin got a first-up win against Southern Districts but lost 21-51 to defending Champion Harlequins last week.

Power House head coach Glenn Fowles said the similarity in the teams’ positions means this week’s game will be important for both sides.

“The clubs have a long rivalry so it’s probably going to be a good, tough game.

“They always play a pretty direct sort of game up front and then they tear you to pieces when the game loosens up a bit.

“Their backs are always pretty exciting and love to take broken play opportunities. In the backs they can take anybody on so we’ll have to be right on our toes defensively.”

Fowles was impressed with the way his team bounced back after their first round loss to Melbourne.

“In our first game against Melbourne we were pretty disappointing in terms of our contact area so we spent a lot of time on that over the last three weeks.

“The mindset of the guys to come off a bad loss and then get a good win behind us was really positive.”

Moorabbin President Steve Higginson said the Ram’s new coaching team of Justin Carroll and John Eden will be looking to bring a more disciplined and structured approach than in the past, without losing any of the flair the Rams are known for.

“We’re trying to create a playing style which is attractive, playing to the strengths of our players,” said Higginson.

Moorabbin have made a number of changes to the squad that lost to Harlequins last week as they try to juggle an influx of new players this season said Higginson.

“Ultimately we want to find the right 23 that we would then look to rely upon as a core team for the first grade into the rest of the season.

“The reserve bench is really important. You’ve really got to be able to bring on people who have impact and can change the way you play the game.”

Both teams will be confident in their chances said Higginson.

“We played them in preseason matches and based on that we would expect to do quite well.

“I think the result they had last week suggests they raised a gear and are playing well.

“They’ve got some very capable coaches. I expect them to be very tough, I expect them to have improved since we last played them.

“They will be just as interested in turning us over as we are in turning them over.”