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Blue Boars determined to go all the way in 2018

Narrabri to meet Moree in grand final rematch

Narrabri Blue Boars second grade assistants Colin Parkes and Chris Fowler, captain Adam Hatton and player-coach Craig Summers at training on Tuesday night.

The Narrabri Blue Boars second grade side fell just short of winning the Central North Rugby Union second grade minor premiership this season.

The Blue Boars occupied the top spot on the competition ladder after round 14, but three losses in the last four rounds saw the side concede top spot to Moree, which claimed its another second grade minor premiership.

The Boars had a successful year in the competition, winning 14 matches, losing just four times and finishing with a for and against difference of 250, the second best in the competition.

However, the side looked extremely vulnerable heading into last weekend’s preliminary final showdown against Pirates.

In its last four matches Narrabri was winless, its only win since mid July a forfeit victory against Quirindi in round 17.

In the second grade qualifying semi-final earlier this month the Blue Boars established a 17-0 lead against Moree before losing 24-17.

However, last Saturday in the preliminary final in Moree the Boars discovered their earlier 2018 form with a massive 45-14 win against the Pirates.

Narrabri ran in seven tries in a match which it led 26-7 at half time.

Now, Narrabri has the chance to do something that has only been done once in the past five seasons - beat Moree in the CNRU second grade grand final.

Only Inverell has done that since 2012 - in the 2015 season.

Narrabri had a chance last season but went down 22-18 at Chillingworth Oval, the same venue that the two sides will meet on Saturday.

Blue Boars player-coach Craig Summers said that he expected his starting lineup to remain unchanged from last Saturday’s win.