Orange Emus have the potential to record a premiership treble on home turf next weekend after the club’s second and third grade sides both knocked out the Dubbo Kangaroos at Bathurst on Saturday.
Emus’ third grade side dismantled Dubbo Kangaroos with ease at Bathurst’s Ashwood Park, winning 62-nil, before the greens’ second XV ground out a hard-fought 22-5 victory over Roos’ reserve graders.
The greens’ top grade side earned hosting rights and progressed straight to the big dance with a major semi-final win a fortnight ago.
Emus’ third graders never looked troubled on Saturday, racing in a plethora of five-pointers against a trying Roos side that was short-staffed.
That lack of players was made worse when Will Coy was shipped to hospital with a neck issue.
“We hope he’s okay, of course. You never want to see anyone get hurt on the rugby field and certainly not hurt seriously. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery,” Emus president Steve Fergus said.
Emus’ second grade side fell behind early after Roos swooped on a bomb that the greens let bounce, but those five points were the only ones the Dubbo side would score.
With a gale at their backs in the opening half Emus scored twice to lead 12-5 at the break, before that wind virtually stopped after half-time.
It was a lucky break for the greens and without the wind adding pressure, they ran in another two tries in the second half to prevail, the final score being 22-5.