CRRL Week 2 Finals Preview
Canberra Raiders Cup
Queanbeyan Blues v Yass Magpies, Sunday 3:30pm at Seiffert Oval.
The Queanbeyan Blues will be out to make amends for their defeat last week and keep their dominant season alive when they come up against the Yass Magpies on Sunday.
The Blues enjoyed a successful season which only saw two defeats all year, but they were a shadow of their former selves when they fell to the Queanbeyan Kangaroos 48-24 last week.
A form slump of three consecutive losses comes at the worst time possible for the Blues as Yass are hitting their straps.
Having dominated the Tuggeranong Bushrangers last weekend, the Magpies are currently on a three match winning streak which includes a 48-22 smashing of the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs.
After finishing in third spot on the ladder, Yass are capable of upsetting the competition and knocking the Blues out early.
Blues assistant coach Adam Lenihan is well aware of how dangerous Yass can be but is confident his team has the ability to find the form which secured them the minor premiership.
“They’ve got good middle boys, good props and their centres are probably two of the best centres in the competition,’’ said Lenihan. “We have to match them in the middle and hopefully we can get them in the backs.”
With the winner advancing into the Grand Final to play the Queanbeyan Kangaroos both teams have everything to play for.
George Tooke Shield
Boorowa Rovers v North Canberra Bears, Saturday 2.45pm Boorowa Showground.
The Boorowa Rovers will be looking to keep their season alive with a win over rivals the North Canberra Bears.
After beating the Bears 24-12 just two weeks ago, Boorowa will be out to book a spot in the preliminary final and finish off a stunning turnaround after finishing on the bottom of the ladder last season.
However, the Bears won’t go down without a fight and are looking strong after they sailed past the Binalong Brahmans 26-12 in last week’s elimination final.
With the winner securing a spot in the Grand Final qualifier, both teams have plenty to play for and will be doing everything they can to get in front.
Crookwell Green Devils v Harden Hawks, Sunday 2.45 at Crookwell Memorial Oval.
The Crookwell Green Devils are aiming to continue their season of dominance but first need to get past the Harden Hawks.
With the winner advancing straight into the Grand Final both sides will be fired up ahead of this top of the table clash.
After finishing the season with just one loss, the Devils are hot favourites to take out the competition, but Harden has hit form at the perfect time of the year.
No team has scored more than 16 points against the Hawks since round 10 while Harden has scored over 40 points in their past four games.
Katrina Fanning Shield
Goulburn v Yass Magpies, 12.10pm at Seiffert Oval.
Goulburn will be hoping to repeat their previous performance against Yass as they play for a spot in the grand final.
After beating Yass 40-22 in their last meeting, Goulburn are full of confidence coming into the match but aren’t underestimating their opponent.
Yass finished the season with two big wins and brought that form with them into the finals when they came from behind to beat the Valley Dragons 12-10 last week.
But Goulburn coach John Thomas in confident in his talented team and is expecting the match to go down to the wire.
“It will be a very close game that’ll go all the way,” said Thomas. “We know we can compete with them our forwards have been playing well.”