Central North Rugby Union grand final: Moree Bulls look to defend second grade premiership against Narrabri Blue Boars

SET TO CHARGE: Moree Bulls second grade side will be hoping to defeat their Narrabri Blue Boars rivals in this Saturday's grand final clash, a rematch of the 2017 decider.
SET TO CHARGE: Moree Bulls second grade side will be hoping to defeat their Narrabri Blue Boars rivals in this Saturday's grand final clash, a rematch of the 2017 decider.

Moree Weebolla Bulls will be looking to defend their second grade premiership title when they face arch-rivals Narrabri Blue Boars in this Saturday’s Central North Rugby Union grand final.

This Saturday’s clash between the rival clubs will be a re-match of the 2017 second grade grand final, with the Bulls hoping to repeat last year’s close victory to secure their fifth premiership in six years. 

The last time the two sides met was in the major semi-final in Tamworth two weeks earlier, when the Bulls pulled off an incredible 24-17 victory after being down 17-0 at half time.

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Two weeks prior to that the Bulls also defeated the Blue Boars to claim the 2018 minor premiership, while Narrabri were the victors earlier in the season.

Following Narrabri’s runaway 46-14 victory against Tamworth Pirates at Weebolla Oval last Saturday, Moree Rugby Union Club president Paul King expects this Saturday’s grand final to be a tough match.

“I think it’ll be a very close game,” he said.

“Narrabri will be tough to beat; it’s always a close match against Narrabri.

“Grand finals are a funny game; you never know what’s going to happen. You can’t take anything for granted.”

This Saturday will be particularly poignant for the second grade side, who tragically lost their coach Nathan Holland at the start of the season. Nathan won’t be far from the boys’ minds as they take the field at Tamworth’s Ken Chillingworth Oval at 12.25pm.

King said the club wishes the boys all the best for Saturday and hopes to see a large crowd of Moree supporters in Tamworth to cheer on the mighty Bulls.

“They’ve worked hard to get there and hopefully that hard work will pay off,” he said. 

Bulls starting line-up:

  1. Luther Williams
  2. Will Burey
  3. Maciu Latabua
  4. Andrew Fuller
  5. William P Smith
  6. Jackson Fernance
  7. Dan Coulthurst
  8. Alexander Knight
  9. Tony O’Donell
  10. Sam Copeman
  11. Sam Harris
  12. Will Clark
  13. Jacob Cutcliffe
  14. Ben Legg
  15. Heath Riggs