THE Steamers reserves can book a spot in their grand final with a win at Cootamundra today.
The second XV failed narrowly in their bid for a semi-final spot in the top tier of the competition but the consolation is a knockout semi in the second division Romano’s Cup against Temora at Fisher Park.
The two sides only clash was at Temora in the first round of the year, the Steamers winning 17-7.
Coach Troy Tatchell said fitness and a sprinkling of last year’s first graders would be enough to get them over the line.
“We have Dan Hogg and Callan Burgess back in after playing first grade last week and Liam Krautz, a regular in the first XV, comes back through the reserves as well,” he said.
“Louie Levett is starting in his preferred flanker position rather than in the centres so we are expecting a big game from him and Tom Rowan has been dynamic at the line-out all year.
“Those two along with Dan missed out in the first grade grand final loss last year and are keen to make amends.”
Tatchell said they hoped to cap off the following week with two Cups.
“We have to get the better of the Tuskers first — they are a very big pack and our scrum will come under a bit of pressure but our mobility and fitness should be too much for them,” he said.
“It would be a big positive to have both grades there on the final day of the competition.
“To finish in the Romano’s Cup wasn’t ideal but to take home a trophy on grand final day will be a big bonus, in some ways salvage our year.”