IT promises to be a game of epic proportions, a contest sure to wet the sporting appetite. The Cooma Red Devils will take part in their biggest clash in the last few years when they chase premiership glory against an undefeated Goulburn side.
The Red Devils will take to Goulburn's Poidevin Oval this Saturday not fazed by the enormity of the challenge before them.
Coach Sean Neilson believes his Cooma charges possess a backline advantage over their opposition and will look to exploit this with an emphasis on attacking rugby.
"We can beat them in the backs, we have a better back line," Neilson said.
"We have a really good chance to win, our squad is committed to the cause. The pressure is on them as they are expected to win."
In the Red Devils first grand final since 2007, the club is expecting a large gathering of Cooma supporters come kickoff, with coach Neilson encouraging locals to make the trip up the Monaro Highway.
"There is a supporters bus and I hope everyone can get there to support the boys. We need the noisy Cooma locals to help us."
The Red Devils reached the grand final following a sensational victory over the Australian Defence Force Academy in front of a large crowd at Rotary Oval.
With the scores level at the end of regular time the match went into extra time. Cooma was trailing by ten points as the final siren loomed large, however Cooma produced one of their finest comebacks to claim victory and cement a spot in the preliminary final.
Their match last week against the Royal Military College (RMC) was a walkover following a RMC forfeit.
The Red Devils enter the decider with a game plan they feel will trouble the Goulburn forwards and apply the necessary pressure to claim victory.
"Our backs will be utilised to turn them around, it's important to wear them out early."
"If our forwards can match their efforts and provide a platform to get the backs on the front foot then we will be right."
When the sides last met, Goulburn resoundingly won 66-nil, however a renewed Cooma approach is set to ensure a much tighter affair come grand final day.
Goulburn scored twice as many points than any other side throughout the regular season, yet coach Neilson knows his side are ready to bring the premiership back to Cooma.
"Our bench is strong, the hardest part for me was picking the bench. There are a few niggling injuries but everyone is set to start."
Come Saturday afternoon, Goulburn is expected to be awash in Red Devil supporters, ready to see the premiership head south into Cooma's possession.
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