THEY’VE DONE IT AGAIN: Josh Farr in Rams colours during the 2015 season. Photo: NICK McGRATHTHERE’S long standing pairs –think Bertand Ernie, salt and pepper andHan Solo and Chewbacca –and then there’sthe Blayney Rams and grand finals.
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Continuing an incredible stretch that started in 2010, the Blayney Rugby Club has qualified for its seventh grand final in as many seasons after trumping Temora 38-3 in the GrainCorp Cup’s southern conference’s major semi-final last Saturday.

The Rams romped to a thumping victory, announcing themselves as firm title favourites in 2016, if they weren’t already, and booking a home grand final at King George Oval.

Blayney won last year’s title 32-15 over the Canowindra Pythons, a win that stands alongside other grand final victories in 2012 and, further back, in 2008and 2007.

The club also appeared in the 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 grand finals, finishing runner-up in each.

The only year since 2007 the club has missed out on making a grand final is 2009, where they finished sixth.

Rams captain-coach Brock Syphers was thrilled with his side’s ability to lift in the big games, backing the Blayney club to again hold the trophy aloft on grand final day, Saturday, August 27.

“Hosting the grand finalis great for the club,” Syphers said.

“It means the boys can do the same old routine they do most weekends. I think the most important thing is to keep training the same as you always have don’t let the occasion change what you do.”

Temora will now play Cootamundra in the southern preliminary final after the Tri-Colours got the better of West Wyalong 27-3 in the minor semi-final.

Syphers said both former Southern Inlandsides were worthy of a grand final appearance in their first year in the Central West Rugby Union region.

“Both teams will be tough to beat there both very good,” he added.

“They have both been a welcome addition to our comp but personally I would rather play Coota. We had a draw with them over there last timeinwhat was a pretty ordinary effort on our behalf … but to their credit they were definitely the better team on the day.

“So I think another game to prove ourselves against them would be good.”

The 2016 GrainCorp Cup southern conference grand final is on Saturday, August 27 at Blayney.

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