River Murray football: Round 10 preview

In good form: Rambler Nick Pearce was judged best on ground for the River Murray side in last weekend's interleague match against the Hills. Photo: William Bailey.

In good form: Rambler Nick Pearce was judged best on ground for the River Murray side in last weekend's interleague match against the Hills. Photo: William Bailey.

RIVER MURRAY clubs and footballers are back in action on Saturday after a short break last weekend for interleague action.

Two round 10 matches will be played in Murray Bridge with the Blues hosting the Bluds at Johnstone Park and Tailem Bend traveling to meet Ramblers at LeMessurier Oval.

The other game is at the Mannum Showgrounds where the Roos will host Mypolonga while Meningie have other week off with the bye.

Imperials v Jervois

SECOND-PLACED Jervois travels to Johnstone Park to take on the fifth-placed Imperials and the Bluds head into this match in solid form, having won their past four matches.

The Blues have had back-to-back weeks off with the bye before the association break, so the Imperial players will be itching to get back on the park.

Imperials smashed the Roos last start, but a string of three losses before that has the reigning premier with a 3-4 win-loss record after seven matches.

Last time the sides met was in round three and the Bluds won by 39 points.

Jervois' Peter Zarantonello kicked six majors that day while Imperials' key forwards Darren Shillabeer and Johnny Boras were held to just three between them, however small forward Russell Rigney hit the scoreboard with four majors.

Jervois' Taite Silverock, Joshua Woodall and Matthew Schmidt continue to star in the middle while the young trio of Zane Barry, Ryan McKaye and Bradley Gabel represented the association last week and continue to grow as players.

Jervois playing coach Ryan Willits now has a month of footy under his belt after an injury-interrupted start to the season and the Bluds are starting to flex their muscle and string some nice wins together.

Imperials, on the other hand, are finding the competition much together than in their premiership season last year.

The old Blues' firm of Luke Harrowfield, Jamie Honner, Matthew Williams and Gareth Williams are solid week-in, week-out and they have some up-and-coming stars.

However, the Bluds should be too strong and record their second win over the Blues and their sixth win of the season.

The Standard's tip: Jervois, 31-40 points.

Ramblers v Tailem Bend

THE Roosters host the Eagles at LeMessurier Oval for the second clash for the season between the two sides.

Ramblers are third on the table and will start heavy favourites over the bottom-placed Tailem Bend.

The Eagles are winless and while they were around the mark earlier in the season, they have dropped off a bit and have a daunting task ahead of them again this week.

When the sides met in round three, Ramblers won by 34 points and while Tailem Bend did press and make a contest of the match at times, the result was never really in doubt as the Roosters held a hefty lead at half-time.

The Roosters had quite a few players in action last week in the interleague match with big Nick Pearce leading the way, judged best on ground for River Murray while Sam Pfeiffer, Alex Pfeiffer, Aaron Pratt, Riley Vanson, Matt Altmann, Jack Lewis and Kieran Yakas were all solid contributors.

Ramblers' Matt Rankine continues to star, Brad Hartman is hard to stop when he gets going and the Rooster list is as deep as any in the competition.

Tailem Bend, on the other hand, have fallen off a bit since their one-point loss at Mannum a month ago.

The young Eagles side is competitive for patches, but they have been unable to sustain effort for four quarters.

Tailem Bend ruckman Max Scott has been a solid contributor for the Eagles in recent weeks while the form of Daniel Perks and Connor Smelt would be pleasing to the coaching staff. Tailem will show fight and give the Roosters a solid hit out but Ramblers should win well.

The Standard's tip: Ramblers 41-50 points.

Mannum v Mypolonga

IT'S top versus sixth at the Mannum Showgrounds on Saturday and the Tigers go in heavy favourites to record a big win.

Last time they met, Mypolonga won by 84 points.

The Tiger forward trio kicked 16 goals between them with James Moss (eight goals), Rory Taggert (five) and Brad Martin (four) enjoying a day out.

The Tigers have won their last seven games and they haven't looked like losing since their only defeat in round one against Meningie.

Mypolonga coach Ryan Lewis has his side playing a tough brand of footy and he has the man-power at his disposal to get the job done. The Tigers are strong in the middle of the ground and have the power forwards to capitalise on it.

Mannum, however, have lost their last four matches by big margins; 100 points, 99, 33 and 115 in their last four outings and now they are up against the best side in the competition.

It could be a rough day for the young Roos side, but they'll put their best foot forward.

Mannum's Mitchell Heward is a young star on the ride, Blake Tabe continues to shine, Blake Webster is enjoying a break out season and Levi Krause is an experienced player with SANFL league experience who gives his all for the Roos.

The Tigers cannot take Mannum lightly but Mypo are expected to record a comfortable win on Saturday.

The Standard's tip: Mypolonga, 51-60 points.