Yamba seals final spot
YAMBA are through to the Rugby Union President's Cup grand final after downing Grafton Redmen 18-7 in the major semi-final at Yamba Oval on Saturday.
The Buccaneers' second come-from-behind win of the season means the Redmen will face % Byron Bay in a sudden-death showdown on Saturday.
Byron Bay sealed their place in the preliminary final with an 18-12 win over Bangalow in the minor semi-final on Saturday.
The Redmen started well on Saturday, opening up a 7-0 lead before the Buccaneers fought their way back into the contest.
Buccaneers coach Paul Rheinberger was happy with the win.
"Full credit to the Redmen, we put ourselves under pressure early on and they punished us for it," Buccaneers coach Paul Rheinberger said.
"The backline really stood % up and it was there that we domi- nated.
"The home crowd helped as well; great numbers and lots of support helped us across the line."
Buccaneers winger Bryce Finck produced a standout performance to be named players' player.
"Bryce was absolutely outstanding," Rheinberger said.
"His defence was brilliant and his talk kept us on top."
Chris Jones and Jason James grabbed a try each for Yamba, while Kris Thomsen slotted a conversion and two penalty goals.
Rheinberger said his charges will enjoy the week off, before getting back to business next week.
"We'll have a solid training session on Saturday morning but that'll be it for the week," Rheinberger said.
When it came to picking a preferred opponent, Rheinberger gave nothing away.
"It's going to be a tough game next week that's for sure," he said.
"At the end of the day, it doesn't matter who we play, we know the job we have to do and it'll be a matter of getting it done."
The result was part of a mixed day for the Redmen, who were represented in three grades.
In Reserve Grade, Grafton defeated Lennox Head 31-20 in the minor semi-final at Lismore's Crozier Field.
They will meet the loser of yesterday's Wollongbar-Lismore match at Williams Reserve.
The Under 19s weren't as fortunate, bowing out of this year's competition with a 14-7 loss to Ballina at Crozier Field.