Frenchville coach confident
Robb backs Pioneers to get job done
After missing out on a place in the A-grade grand final last year, Frenchville Pioneers have returned with a vengeance to set up a clash against Dawson Valley Drovers in this season’s decider.
Frenchville will be chasing their second Rugby Capricornia title in three years when they take on the Drovers at Ryan Park tomorrow.
Drovers have enjoyed a dominant season, finishing at the top of the premiership ladder while the club’s reserve-grade team has also qualified for the grand final, but they face a tough ask against Frenchville in the A-grade decider.
The Drovers and Frenchville have faced off three times this season. The Pioneers were rolled in the first encounter but rebounded to notch wins in the next two games.
Frenchville coach Lance Robb said his side will be making sure they’re at their best for tomorrow’s clash.
“Our boys looked sharp at training (Tuesday night),” he said.
“We’re just fine-tuning everything and making sure everyone knows where they have to be on the field, and focusing on our attitude.
“It’s more of a mental game in the finals and it always will be.
“They’re strong right across the park so if we can hold them out and defend like we did in the first semis, we’ll be in with a good chance to take it out.
“After their win against Brothers, they’re slightly more of a favourite to win but I’m backing my boys.”
Robb said the teams had been evenly matched this season but said Frenchville’s “powerful forward pack” could provide the edge.
He also tipped halfback Ben Edwards and flyhalf Robert Chelepy to play key roles.
“We’ll be utilising those players as both of them play well and will put us in good stead,” he said.
Frenchville winger Nathan Lawton remains in doubt with an ankle injury.
Mount Morgan will take on Dawson Valley in the reserve-grade decider from 2pm tomorrow with the A-grade clash to commence at 4pm.
RUNNING HOT: Frenchville flyhalf Robert Chelepy is expected to play a key role in the grand final.