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Going all out for premiership glory

GRAND FINAL: Chinchilla River Rats will be going for their first premiership.
GRAND FINAL: Chinchilla River Rats will be going for their first premiership. Julia Baker

RUGBY UNION: This weekend's Downs Rugby C-grade grand final seems like a forgone conclusion on paper.

The Goondiwindi Emus go into the fixture having only lost one game all season, and will have plenty of momentum behind them.

However, for the Chinchilla River Rats, victory this weekend would be the club's finest hour.

After a hard fought victory last weekend over the Rangers, the River Rats face the minor premiers with the opportunity to cause the biggest upset in the 2017 Downs Rugby season.

It will not be an easy task.

When the two sides met last in the major semi-final two weeks ago, the Emus ran out 38-7 winners. But the River Rats believe they have every chance to win this weekend, with coach Lindsay Ashby saying it would be his finest moment.

"I've coached across three states, winning premierships along the way, but a win this weekend would be my finest moment,” Ashby said.

"I am extremely proud of what the River Rats have achieved in my time as coach and being involved in the guts of grassroots rugby in a town like Chinchilla gives you a real buzz.

"I believe this is the best side to win the club's maiden premiership.”

Ashby believes the key to securing the club's first title will be a strong defence on Saturday.

Combining this with the River Rats' natural attacking style could prove to be the recipe for an upset win.

However, Ashby says his team will need to take every opportunity.

"I think our defence and communication with each other is a key for us on Saturday,” he said.

"We will continue the River Rats style of rugby, which means we will look to explore our opportunities in attack.

"It's in our DNA to attack, and to keep playing our style and structure.

"We will look to play our normal attacking rugby and hope it is good enough to get us over the line.”

Kick-off for the grand final clash will be at 11.20am on Saturday, at the Toowoomba Sports Ground, Toowoomba.

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