Rams get taught a lesson by CSU

Lesson one: Zac Taylor takes the ball forward during the match against CSU on Saturday. Photo: Phil Blatch.
Lesson one: Zac Taylor takes the ball forward during the match against CSU on Saturday. Photo: Phil Blatch.

The series openers in the New Holland Cup have shown just what a difference six months, and a few coaching changes, can make.

It's been seven years since CSU have won an opener and they broke that run on Saturday up against Rams in Bathurst.

Up in Dubbo the Rhinos lost to a Parkes side that consisted mainly of its second grade players.

Former Rams coach Steve Hamson is back at KGO and just like every coach of every code, he's juggling players who are either working shifts or have pressing social engagements to attend.

Top of Hamson's agenda though is coaching his side, which includes a number of relatively inexperienced players, to play a different style of football.

"No style is beyond them as they're a talented group of players," he said. 

"The transition requires just a bit more depth than what we're used to and I think we struggled with that a bit this week."

To be resolved at training are the number of errors that were made during their premier match.

"We were our own worst enemy really,' Hamson said.

"Every mistake we made they punished us for and we didn't get beyond a couple of phases. Just our execution really let us down."

CSU 47 (Kennelly 2, Greenberg 2, Hughes, Keppel, Plunkett tries; Keppel 6 conversions) BLAYNEY 21 (Scott 2, Simmons 1; Casey Wallace 3 conversions)