Bulls player, Dain Smith is tackled by Rams players, Josh Newling, left, Tom Hicks, (on ground) and Michael McNamara. Photo: Graham Tidy
INJURY got the better of the Woden Valley Rams who slumped to a 34-32 loss to the Gungahlin Bulls at Phillip Oval yesterday.
The Rams received a major blow before the kick-off when five-eighth Mitch Barbara pulled out of the match with a back injury.
Already missing injured centres Tim Crome and Jack Ayamiseba the absence of Barbara was too much for the Rams as they were run down in the second half.
The Bulls trailed the Rams 22-16 at half-time.
Rams captain Josh Burns said his team had no excuse for their back-to-back losses.
''Our defence is very soft and we put ourselves in bad positions, and throw the ball away,'' Burns said.
The Rams came out strong with an early try in the second half but they could not stop Bulls captain Josh Ayres from getting over the try line.
Two consecutive tries followed from the Bulls with Michael Nixon scoring a 60-metre try to take the lead for his side.
Burns responded to keep the Rams in the game scoring their final try.
The Bulls snatched the win with a penalty goal after the score was tied at 32-32.
''We've got the potential we just aren't playing smart football,'' Burns said.
The Rams chances took a hit when Beau Babic suffered a heavy knock in the second half.
Bulls captain Josh Ayres said that the Rams have some dangerous players both on and off the field that they would normally be capitalising from.
''[Beau Babic] is very dangerous when he gets the ball and Tim Crome has a great boot,'' Ayres said.
The win puts Gungahlin above Woden Valley on the ladder and in a better position to grab a spot in the top four.
In other Canberra Raider Cup round seven matches played yesterday, Yass Magpies defeated the Queanbeyan Blues 40-22 at Yass and the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs drew with the Belconnen United Scholars 28-28 at Northbourne Oval.
The Queanbeyan Kangaroos will face the West Belconnen Warriors today at 3pm at the West Belconnen Leagues Club.