Springfield locked in two-way battle for glory

SPRINGFIELD are two wins away from a fairytale finish to their 2016 Barber and Pegg Cup rugby campaigns.

After finishing in second place for both grades, the Hawks face Pine Rivers in the preliminary finals tomorrow at Ballymore Stadium.

Despite defeating the Boars during the regular season, Springfield Barber Cup coach Jeremy Clark said Pine Rivers had the ability to post large scorelines.

"They've had some big wins this season," Clark said. "After beating Wynnum last week they look in good stead for the finals.

"They are a big side so it's just trying to take them on and play a bit smarter."

With only one loss for the entire Barber Cup season, Clark said the Hawks wouldn't be resting on their previous performances.

"Finals are like a whole different game," he said.

"Pressure does funny things and I know playing in the final last year it felt like a different beast entirely.

"Everyone lifts and if Pine Rivers are in the game for a long time they can give us a real go. We always want to get a good start and lead from the front so that's what we will try to do on Saturday."

Having already tried and tested different combinations and players throughout the year, Clark said he and Pegg Cup coach Tony Kiri felt confident their ground work would pay off.

"We've planned all that we can do," Clark said. "It's going to come down to a good effort at training this week and for everyone to turn up on Saturday with the right mentality.

"The depth we have because of the extra work put in throughout the year is good for us and will help going into the big game.

"It would be a fairytale to have both the Barber Cup and Pegg Cup teams in the grand final next weekend. We are just one win away from making that happen."

While confident in the club's processes, Clark said he couldn't be more confident in the Hawks players themselves.

"You always need to be confident with the players you have," he said. "You are only confident because you have the ability and fire- power to win.

"It does become a lot about trust and you know some players excel at different parts of the game, it's just about getting the right pieces together. All 23 boys selected for this weekend will have a pivotal role to play in getting us to a grand final."

All four preliminary finals will be played at Ballymore Stadium tomorrow.

The two Barber Cup finals will kick off from 3.30pm, following the Pegg Cup finals which begin the day from 1.30pm.

Game day

Barber Cup (tomorrow from 3.30pm):

Springfield Hawks v Pine Rivers Boars at Ballymore.

Caboolture Snakes v Redlands Mudcrabs at Ballymore.

Pegg Cup (tomorrow from 1.30pm):

Springfield Hawks v Pine Rivers Boars at Ballymore.

Redlands Mudcrabs v Wynnum Bugs at Ballymore.