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Monaro look to etch history ahead of maiden Grand Final

The Colts will look to make history this Saturday afternoon as the first Monaro team to win a grand final since the instatement of the Andrew Johns & Laurie Daley Cups, when they take on Illawarra South Coast Dragons at Woy Woy Oval.

Monaro Colts v Illawarra South Coast Dragons, 12:15pm at Woy Woy Oval

After finishing first and second respectively in the Southern Conference of the SLE Laurie Daley Cup, the two sides will meet again in the big dance this weekend.

The Monaro Colts were strong winners in their one and only meeting this year, defeating the Dragons 40-16 at Shellharbour in round two of the tournament.

Ironically, the Colts were relying on the Dragons to defeat the MacArthur Wests Tigers in the final round of the tournament to qualify for finals, where Clay Baldock converted from the sideline to win by two, which meant Monaro were in.

The Colts will take a lot of confidence into Saturday's decider, after a narrow 34-30 win over the NMR Knights in the semi-final last Saturday.

Monaro hooker Xavier Cacciotti returned from Canberra Raiders SG Ball selection last weekend to line-up in their semi-final victory, where the dummy-half was enormous for the Colts. Cacciotti will bring plenty of momentum into Saturday's Grand Final.

Form front-rower and Yass representative Lane Davis was cleared to play last night by the NSWRL judiciary which is a great addition to the Colts strong forward pack.

Davis alongside Jayden Svager and Jayden Wolfe have set the tone week-in week-out for the Monaro side, which has opened the door for dummy-half Cacciotti to play his free-flowing style of play.

Notwithstanding the impact of Mathais Tomuli Ah-Kuoi off the bench, alongside the consistency of Cooper Ferris and Nikolas Klobucar which has added versatility to their forward pack.

This match-up will sure to be a cracker as both sides look to taste Grand Final glory come Saturday afternoon.

This match will be broadcasted live and free on NSWRL TV.

You can watch this game here.

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