Dubbo Rhinos coach Guy Turner insists the Narromine Gorillas are beatable but he also doubts any side left in the New Holland Agriculture Cup has what it takes to stop the undefeated powerhouse.
The Gorillas capped off an unbeaten home-and-away season with victory over Bathurst CSU on Saturday while the Rhinos finished the year with the wooden spoon after suffering defeat at Mudgee.
The Mudgee Wombats now meat CSU in the minor semi-final next weekend while Narromine takes on Parkes in the major semi, with the winner of that one earning hosting rights for the grand final.
The Gorillas are unbackable favourites to be hosting the decider at Cale Oval on August 18 after finishing the regular season with an astonishing for-and-against differential of 473 points.
In the past eight weeks alone, the minor premiers scored at least 32 points in each game while keeping opposition to 12 or less points on six occasions.
“They (Mudgee) might win next week but I can’t see anyone stopping Narromine,” Turner said.
“They’re beatable. Their backs are not brilliant but their forwards are just so dominant and they’re so good at the ruck and they don’t lose the ball.
“They’re red hot favourites and I’d be amazed if anyone gets close to them, to be honest.”
The Rhinos finished at the foot of the table with just three wins this season.