Frenchville coach con­fi­dent

Robb backs Pioneers to get job done

Central Telegraph - - SPORT - Steph Allen Stephanie.Allen@cap­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: ALLAN REINIKKA ROK110818ARUGBY6

RUN­NING HOT: Frenchville fly­half Robert Chelepy is ex­pected to play a key role in the grand fi­nal.

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