Rugby Red to take on Rugby Blue in RSL-Dawson Cup consolation grand final

WHACK: Matt Naden has been a standout for Rugby Blue all season.
WHACK: Matt Naden has been a standout for Rugby Blue all season.

One premiership in the bag, another guaranteed and the chance to record a hat-trick of premierships.

That’s the situation Rugby is in heading into the weekend’s Dubbo District Cricket Association grand finals.

Rugby has already won the McDonald’s Megahit and the top grade side will be in action in the RSL-Whitney Cup decider.

But there will also be a huge amount of interest in the RSL-Dawson Cup decider, the third grade consolation series, with Rugby Red taking on Rugby Blue.

“It’s only a repechage competition but our guys are really keyed up for it, they really are,” Rugby president Steve Wheeler said.

While the top three in the RSL-Kelly Cup went through to the finals, the teams which finished fourth to sixth got to take part in the Dawson Cup.

Rugby Red, one of the top sides all season, finished fourth and moved straight through to the decider.

Rugby Blue had to work much harder and only moved in to sixth spot with a win in the final round before outclassing Macquarie White in the semi-final.

Making the effort more impressive is the fact Rugby Blue lost captain and leading batsmen Grant Berryman to a horror hand injury shortly after Christmas.

“When they lost Grant I thought it was the end of the road for them but Matty Naden and Dale Watmore have really stood up and looked after them,” Wheeler said.

“Both teams are a 50-50 mix with juniors under 18 and senior guys.

“It’s great and we finished with two teams in the top six out of 12 teams and I was stoked with that.”

The final is played from 1pm at No. 3 Oval on Sunday.