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Four teams fighting for two spots as RugbyWA finals chase goes down to the final round

The race for the RugbyWA Premier Grade finals has come down to the wire with four teams chasing two spots in the final round of the season.

UWA and Wests have wrapped up the top two places – although the minor premiership is still open with UWA just three points ahead.

But it could not be closer below them with just two points separating the next four clubs who are chasing the other semi-final spots.

Nedlands are third, one point ahead of Cottesloe, with only for and against difference splitting Perth-Bayswater and Associates who are both one point behind Cottesloe.

Cottesloe, chasing their fourth consecutive premiership, have made a late run to the finals but things do not get any easier on Saturday when they take on UWA at Harvey Field.

Perth-Bayswater play Associates in what is effectively an elimination final and Nedlands are at home to Wests.

Cottesloe have been boosted by the return of injured players, steadied by ex-Springbok and Force fly-half Peter Grant while his former Force teammate No.8 Brynard Stander has strengthened the pack.

Cottesloe Rugby WA
Camera IconCottesloe’s hopes of a fourth-straight title hang largely on this weekend’s game. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

Coach Ryan Westaway admits a couple of weeks ago ”we were dead and buried”.

“But we have got a core group of blokes that have been here since 2019 and they can find a way to win,” Westaway said.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries but slowly guys have been coming back and we’ve been able to build some combinations.

“Our forwards are starting to take over and be more dominant. That’s where we’ve built our success the last few years.

“We are getting some good go-forward ball from them and our set piece is working well.

“If you’re not winning up front it doesn’t matter how good your backs are.

“Fortunately we’ve also had a few results go our way the past few weeks but you can’t rely on that.”

In Premier Grade division two, Palmyra and Wanneroo Districts look to have locked away the final.

Wanneroo clash with local rivals Joondalup who crashed to defeat at the hands of bottom placed ARKS last weekend in their first win of the season while Palmyra face third-placed Southern Lions.

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