INVERELL Hawks and Moree Boomerangs will take a back seat and watch what unfolds in this weekend’s final round of Group 19 matches.
With just the three matches to be played, being a catch-up round from the referees’ strike earlier this season, the focus will be on the Glen Innes and Armidale Rams matches.
Glen Innes goes to Moree to play the Moree Boars.
The Magpies’ shock 36-32 loss to Tingha Tigers on the weekend means if they win against the Boars they finish second.
A loss and Inverell Hawks finish second and the Magpies could be demoted to fourth.
That’s all dependent on Armidale Rams winning their final game against Uralla Tigers at Armidale Rugby League Park.
At this stage they have a 70- point deficit to Glen Innes in their for and against but a big win at home and a Boars stunner at Moree could give the Rams a home semi-final.
“It’s a long shot,” Rams president Terry Carson said.
“You never know.”
He was delighted with the 58-6 win over Ashford on
“We led 30-6 at half-time,” he said.
“We completed our sets – we did what we need to play in the semis.
“We were looking at getting it right for the semis.”
Fred Waters was the Armidale star, scoring four tries and setting up two or three others.
Gary Quinlan also had a strong game in the back row.
Inverell Hawks coach Peter Stevens was delighted with his side’s second-half comeback to beat Goondiwindi Boars 42-24 under the Gilbert Oval lights at Goondiwindi on Saturday night.
Trailing 24-12 at halftime, the re-shuffled Hawks found some good form in the second 40.
“The home crowd got behind them,” Stevens said of a big night.
“They played some good footy in the first half.
“Brandon McGrady scored two great tries.
“We always knew it was going to be tough though but the boys stepped up.
“Now we wait and see what happens.
“We were playing for a home final at Gundy.”
Just what type will be decided at Moree on the weekend.
“Second or third, we’ll still get a home final,” Stevens said.
“The main thing is we are starting to play well and will have four or five to come back for the semis.”