Old Boys ea­ger to lock in fi­nals

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON michael. thomp­son@ news. com. au

NORTH Ward will be play­ing to sew up their spot in the up­com­ing Townsville and Dis­tricts Rugby Union fi­nals when they host Bur­dekin tonight.

The Old Boys are fourth on the TDRU A grade lad­der and are likely to play the elim­i­na­tion semi- fi­nal against Bur­dekin in a fort­night, bar­ring a late charge from Ross River. The Red­skins must win their last two games and count on North Ward drop­ping one to have any chance of sneak­ing into the top four, al­though Old Boys skip­per Daniel Withers is de­ter­mined to wrap things up tonight.

“That’s the big in­cen­tive, but it will be tough,” he said.

“We lost our first two games against them but then we won the most re­cent game, so we know we can beat them.

“Then again we’ll have to be at our best, which is al­ways the case if you want to beat Bur­dekin.”

North Ward beat Bur­dekin 25- 21 last month in one of the sea­son’s tight­est games, and if ev­ery­thing goes to plan for the Old Boys they will be ex­pect­ing an­other grind­ing game come fi­nals.

Withers said tonight’s clash had come at a wel­come time.

“It’s go­ing to be a good dress re­hearsal for that semi- fi­nal, if we get there,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously we’ve had a cou­ple of dis­rupted weeks with play­ers be­ing away, but fi­nals time is get­ting closer and play­ers are start­ing to be avail­able.

“We should have a rel­a­tively full strength team.”

The Old Boys will also be ea­ger to get a win fol­low­ing last week­end’s 48- 0 loss to Broth­ers, one of the big­gest de­feats North Ward has en­dured this year.

The Brethren will be aim­ing to main­tain their omi­nous run of form when they host Ross River at Ig­natius Park Col­lege to­mor­row.

Ross River will be firm un­der­dogs, but their un­pre­dictable form could give Broth­ers a tricky assignment.

Teach­ers Wests and Char­ters Tow­ers have the bye be­cause of the sea­son reshuf­fle done ear­lier this year.

TDRU ROUND 20 Tonight: 7.15pm North Ward v Bur­dekin, Mike Car­ney Toyota Park.

FRESH FACE: 22- year- old Adam Kor­czyk is in the mix to make his Wal­la­bies de­but against the All Blacks in the Rugby Cham­pi­onship.

North Ward’s Dan Withers.

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