UP HIGH: Lachie Williams wins a line out and throws the ball down to Bob Scott in the Tricolurs minor semi-final win over West Wyalong. The Tricolours progress to the qualifying against Temora this weekend. The Cootamundra Tricolours are just one win away from the 2016 GrainCorp Cup grand final.

The team travels to Temora this weekend to face the Tuskers in the qualification final. The winner progresses to the grand final against Blayney the following weekend.

The Tricolours could not be in a better position heading into the qualification final. The team is coming off the back of a dominant win over West Wyalong in the minor semi-final.

In the West Wyalong game the Tricolourswere up at half time so coach Mick Gay had the luxury of resting a number of players in the second half.

As the scoreline favoured the Tricolours for the majority of the game Gay did not have to send out some of his key players who were nursing niggling injuries on the bench.

The rest for those who played and those with injuries is extremely beneficial in preparation for the Temora clash.

Alex Hardie, who captained the side when they last played Temora, also returns this week so a full strength Tricolours side will take to the field on Saturday.

Also in the Tricolours’ favour is the fact that they easily beat Temora 36-5 when they last played back in round 14.

On top of all of this is Temora’s current form slump. The Tuskers scraped past Grenfell in their final regular season gameand were humiliatedby Blayney 38-3in the major semi-final.

There could not be any more factors in the Tricolours favour heading into the qualifier.

The opening ten minutes of the Tricolours win over West Wyalong was some of the team’s best football all year, the Tricolours scored three times.

First, Josh Hudson scored from a rolling maul. ThenRob Lindon miraculously caught the ball at his feet and poppedit up to Isaac Mitchell who set Bob Scott off down the touch line.

Finally, cohesive play from the forwards allowedthe backs to spin the ball out to Berkeley Hardie who ran round the Weevils’ defence to score as well.

If the Tricolours can replicate that sort of play Temora do not stand a chance.Gay knows that the team can win.

“We’ve got a pretty good chance. We need to maintain our defence,” he said.

With everything going in the Tricolours favour in the lead up to the game it will be important not to underestimate the opposition.

The Tuskers have a number of players returning from injury for the clash and will have home-ground advantage. The game promises to be a true test for both sides and the grand final berth will be well won.

Kickoff is at 2.30pm with the match acting as the curtain raiser for the women’s grand final.

Temora will take on West Wyalongwhich sees the top two teams from the regular season face off.

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