MOORABBIN Rams strengthened their standing in the Victorian Rugby Union Premier 1 grade with a mammoth 53-19 win over Power House on Saturday.
While both sides were chasing spots in the top six, the Rams raced to a 26-7 half-time lead and never released their grip on the match.
An early try set the tone, and from there Moorabbin ran in eight tries to three.
Rams coach Justin Wilson said preparation was key to the big win.
“We were much better this week,” he said.
“Our players were a bit relaxed before they got on the field last week and we acknowledged that and fixed it this week.”
He said while the attack finally clicked there were still issues in defence that needed to be ironed out.
“I thought our defence was good for about 50 minutes,” he said. “But once we got a decent lead we fell back into old habits, which was frustrating.
“There’s always room for improvement and the big thing is going to be composure. We look to score too early when we have the ball.”
Power House coach Paul Hamer said his side had been given a lesson.
“They played to their potential and we were nowhere near it,” he said.
“Defence was a big factor and we let them run at us.
“They found lots of holes in our defensive line and exploited it as we sat back and watched.
Wilson said Power House would need to play out of its skin to make the finals.
“It gets trickier now,” he said. “In the next four games we come up against three sides sitting above us.
“But if we can play 80 minutes of good rugby then yes, we can be confident of knocking off a few clubs. “