Group 6 Wrap: Lions washed out while Camden make statement

Camden have dominated Picton in a 64-6 hiding in Round 4 of Group 6 Rugby League on Sunday afternoon, while Thirlmere have maintained top spot with a tough win over Narellan.

The Rams led from the opening minutes, and never looked like releasing their lead for the full 80 minutes against a Picton side that seemed to struggle to find any rhythm and consistency.

The scoring opened with winger Jonathan Griffiths after five minutes on a gloomy Mother's Day afternoon, although it wasn't dull on the field.

The victorious Camden Rams. Photo: Mike Shean

The victorious Camden Rams. Photo: Mike Shean

Tries came on a regular basis during the first half, with five being posted in the opening forty minutes for the home side. One concern for the locals was a potential Grade One hamstring tear to centre Cameron Oitmann. He came off during the first half, and with ice on his leg, didn't return to the field.

Oitmann's goalkicking didn't prove to be an issue for the Rams, with halfback and captain Jarrod Brackenhofer taking over, and not missing from his eight attempts during the afternoon.

Halftime came, with Camden leading 28-0, and Picton were definitely struggling to find some cohesion. The Magpies were without halfback and co-captain Tim Dengate, and his absence was notable for the visitors, with Daniel Payne doing his best at half and trying to steer the team around.

Unfortunately, for the travelling contingent of Picton supporters, there was little to shout about in the second half, as the Rams' continued their relentless attack on the Magpies line.

One highlight came in the second half, when Picton winger Harrison Foster scored the only try for the Magpies with 16 minutes remaining. It was the lone try for the visitors, in what was a long afternoon for them.

Camden continued scoring at will after halftime, with another six being scored in the second half. In an unusual twist to the game, the Rams had no player who scored multiple tries, with all 11 scorers each having one to their name.

Picton have struggled so far this season. Photo: Mike Shean

Picton have struggled so far this season. Photo: Mike Shean

The Camden halves were among the better players for the Rams in their win, with Brackenhofer and five-eighth Brad Speechley leading the side around the field well, with an excellent kicking game keeping Picton inside their own half for large portions of the game.

Camden's forwards laid a good platform, with young prop Bailey Dickinson working hard for the Rams, while the back row of Dooner, Hopkins and Ben Quinlan created problems off the edge of the ruck, allowing Brackenhofer and Speechley to create from there.

Mason Cerruto was dangerous as usual at fullback for Camden and will be a handful for many of the top teams as the season continues.

The other result from First Grade saw Thirlmere defeat Narellan 40-4 at Crane Oval, with the Roosters having to work for their win against a determined Jets' outfit, who wouldn't roll over on home turf. The other Round 4 matches in Campbelltown City vs The Oaks and Mittagong vs South West Goannas have been deferred due to the inclement weather this week.

Round 4 Results

Thirlmere Roosters 40 def. Narellan Jets 4

Camden Rams 64 def. Picton Magpies 6

Mittagong vs South West & Campbelltown City vs The Oaks - postponed

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