RMFL Round 2: Bluds look to rebound

In action: Jervois' Zane Barry attempts to get clear of Imperial Nathan Daish. Photo: William Bailey.

In action: Jervois' Zane Barry attempts to get clear of Imperial Nathan Daish. Photo: William Bailey.

JERVOIS v RAMBLER

Jervois hosts Ramblers for the Bluds' first home game of the 2020 season.

The Bluds are coming off a disappointing 37-point loss to Imperials while Ramblers head to Jervois full of confidence after a stirring 33-point win over Tailem Bend.

Ramblers proved the doubters wrong with a polished performance to beat the Eagles.

Ben Dougall, Patrick O'Neil and Alfie Gollan played well in various new roles, Jacob Trevorrow dominated in the midfield and Matthew Hartman was a dominate force in the ruck.

Jervois, on the other hand, were in the contest for three quarters, before being blown away in the last term, conceding six goals and scoring none of their own.

The Bluds scored the lowest of all teams on Saturday, kicking only five goals.

However, while they didn't make the most of their opportunities, Jervois has some powerful weapons up their sleeve.

Former Glenelg premiership forward Josh Scott looked dangerous for the Bluds, and while he only kicked two majors, he got his hands to many for opportunities.

Peter Zarantonello is another proven goal kicker and midfielders Josh Woodall, Zane Barry and the newly-recruited Michael Pope will give them plenty of opportunities throughout the season.

Jervois ruckman Tony Gibson played well on the weekend and he is set for a big contest with Hartman.

It's hard to predict a winner but Ramblers have winning form on the board and are a little more experienced.

However, it's only early and if Jervois gets going, they have the big names to be in the premiership race.

MANNUM v IMPERIAL

Mannum were the surprise team of the competition in round one falling agonisingly short of upsetting the reigning premiers, losing at Mypolonga by just three points.

The Roos - who finished on the bottom last season - defied expectations and took it up to the defending champions.

New Mannum recruit Jake Keller, Liam Newton, the returning Chris Rudiger, Daniel Laubsch and Isaac Hampel were good for the Roos while Adam Smyth (three goals) and Blake Tabe (two) were their main scorers.

The Blues were clinical with their performance on Saturday, defeating Jervois by the biggest margin of the round, 37 points. Their weren't any new faces in Imperial line up, just tried and true Blues who put on a stellar performance.

Big Johnny Boras booted four goals and Sam DeMichele made his long-awaited return with three.

The reliable performers in James Clarke, Luke Harrowfield, Louis DeMichele and Dylan Hollitt were good and the Blues looked structured and set to be around at the pointy end of the season.

Imperials will go in favourites on Saturday, however, Mannum proved last week they can match it with the best.

TAILEM BEND v MYPOLONGA

The Eagles host the Tigers in the last match of the round.

Tailem Bend are coming off a 33-point loss to Ramblers while Mypo played in a much tighter affair winning by three points.

Tailem Bend got off to a good start in round one but could not maintain it as the Roosters pushed away.

The Eagles have a host of new players and they were playing for the first time together on the weekend, so they will be better for the run.

Mypolonga, on the other hand, will also be better for their win in a tight match.

They still found a way to win, which could be the difference between these two sides on Saturday.

Mypolonga star James Moss has caused Tailem Bend problems for years - he kicked four goals in round one and loves kicking them at Tailem.

The likes of Ben Gogel, Rory Taggert and Clint Diment will be hard to stop while Scott Meneghetti made a return to the club in round one and he is known as a tough, smart footballer.

Tailem Bend's Keith duo in Seamus and Will McMurray played well last week as did fellow new boy Darcy King, ruckman Max Scott and warrior defender Jarryd Linde.

Tailem Bend will hope to improve on their round one performance but Mypolonga will go in heavy favourites to win comfortably as they build into their premiership defence.