RMFL ROUND 3 PREVIEW | Jervois chase 3-0 start as they host reigning premiers Mypolonga

Jervois v Mypolonga

Pressure: Ramblers' David Wilson gets his boot the ball head of a Mannum opponent during their A grade clash on Saturday. Photo: William Bailey.

Pressure: Ramblers' David Wilson gets his boot the ball head of a Mannum opponent during their A grade clash on Saturday. Photo: William Bailey.

THE in-form team of the competition Jervois hosts title-holder Mypolonga for the annual IGA Cup clash.

Jervois won a thriller over Mannum in round one and then took the trip to Meningie and made a statement with a big win over the Bears.

For Mypolonga, their start hasn’t been as successful.

Mypolonga head into this match as underdogs – a strange position to be in as reigning champions and after only two rounds into a new season.

The Tigers got well beaten at home in their season opener to Meningie and had the bye last weekend.

Jervois will be confident heading into this game and rightfully so.

Bluds forward Justin Hardy is helping his side record winning scores with bags of six and four in the opening rounds.

Jervois’ Matthew Kemp is enjoying a solid start to the season, Taite Silverlock is all class while Owen Love is a match-winner when playing.

The depth of the Bluds’ list is starting to show with with a host of contributors including Ryan McKaye, James Cobbledick, Luke Kluske, Hayden Schulz and Tyler Robinson supporting the big names. 

Injury to ruckman Tony Gibson is of some concern but playing coach Ryan Willits can fill that role with ease.

Mypolonga head into this match as underdogs – a strange position to be in as reigning champions and after only two rounds into a new season.

However, premiership coach Steve Sumner is a smart man and knows what he is up against.

Last year, after eight rounds his side was three wins, four losses with the worst percentage in the RMFL.

It wasn’t until after that round eight thrashing by Jervois by 101 points Mypolonga started to get going.

The Tigers went on to record seven more wins for the minor round to make history and win the flag.

Regardless of the result, there will be no panic stations. 

If the Tigers are on, they are hard to stop.

James Moss is a freakish talent and he can win games off his own boot while the likes of Clint Diment, Seamus McDonnell and Ben Gogel lead what is an impressive midfield.

Sumner said he expected the Tigers to be an even younger side than last year and when you see the progression of blokes like Brady Morris, why wouldn’t you be blooding the youth.

Mypolonga could welcome back some stars who missed round one and at their best, the Tigers play for each other and don’t take any notice of the outside noise.

However, Jervois’ list is too strong to go past and they should keep their unbeaten start in tact.

The Standard’s tip: Jervois, 21-30 points.

Imperials v Mannum

In action: Brad Lienert, Imperials, is caught in a tackle by Tailem Bend's Jack Smedley.

In action: Brad Lienert, Imperials, is caught in a tackle by Tailem Bend's Jack Smedley.

Mannum heads to Johnstone Park to take on Imperials after a rough start to the season.

The Roos have lost both their games by under a goal, by five points and two points respectively, to be winless from two attempts.

However, they get their chance this weekend against Imperials.

Starting the season with a round one bye, the Blues had their first hitout against Tailem Bend and got the job done in tricky conditions.

Imperials’ playing coach Scott McMahon got his first taste of River Murray footy and was able to orangise his team to get a 24-point win – an important confidence booster for last year’s wooden spooners.

The Blues looked to be a stronger outfit than last year with some much-needed experience injected into the list with the returning Luke Harrowfeild and Gareth Williams reminding the Imperial faithful just what they were missing last season.

The coach himself was very solid in his first hit out while big Johnny Boras presents as a target and could prove very dangerous.

Mannum would no doubt be disappointed to drop two close game to start the season but will take confidence from the fact they could have easily won on both occasions.

The Roos have winners all over the field and it could click pretty quickly for Mannum.

Playing coach Michael O’Malley is a star in defence, Billy Hayes, Jye De Zylva and Levi Krause are the guns in the middle and Gene Robinson is picking up where he left off last season, averaging five goals a game from two matches. 

While the depth of talent isn’t the same as what the Roos had during their premiership years and they miss the likes of Jake Bowen in the ruck, their top-end talent is still very impressive.

Imperials will build as the season grows and could very well emerge as one of the top contenders.

However, the sample size is still small.

The match could go down to the wire but with the Blues missing out on round one the Roos are deeper into their year and due a victory.

Surely the Roos won’t be unlucky enough to lose three close games.

The Standard’s tip: Mannum, 1-10 points.

Ramblers v Meningie

The undefeated Roosters will be hoping to maintain their perfect start to the season as they host the Bears at LeMessurier Oval.

The Roosters are flying with big wins over Tailem Bend and a thrilling victory in Mannum on the weekend. 

Meningie, on the other hand, come into the match with a mixed bag of results. 

They got the job done in round one at Mypolonga with a big win but Jervois proved too strong for them at Meningie last week.

The Roosters recruits have all made an impact in the early stages with the help of some of the old faithfuls.

Ronald Rankine Jnr has made an immediate impact, ruckman Nick Pearce has been solid Lathaniel Rigney provides plenty of run and Kieran Yakas is leading the way for the Roosters in goal scoring.

Ramblers’ Clinton Walker is in fantastic form and is still young, Riley Vanson has been good, Jarrad Weyland is always a reliable performer and Matthew Altmann looks to be the Reds’ general down back.

For Meningie, despite their loss to Jervois last week, they’ve proven they won’t drop off as far as many thought with a host of talented players in form.

The Bears’ have got what they hoped out of new players Seb and Will Paynter who are stars, Harrison Slee was good last week and Perter Reichelt is a solid performer.

Sam Sanders has been standing up in defence while Brodie Martin gives the Bears some X factor.

Heading into this match, the Roosters have the early runs on the board and go in favourites on Saturday but a Bear win wouldn’t be a surprise given their top-end talent.​ The Standard’s tip: Ramblers, 11-20 points.