HUNGRY: Cities reserve captain Rhett Lewis and Magpies reserves captain Chris Allen face off on Sunday for premiership glory.
HUNGRY: Cities reserve captain Rhett Lewis and Magpies reserves captain Chris Allen face off on Sunday for premiership glory. Lucy Rutherford

Magpies and Cities get ready for big dance

Rugby league: It may be peak magpie swooping season, but Cities won't be letting the Maggies bring anything shiny back to their nests without a fight.

The reigning premiers, Cities will be taking on Mitchell Magpies at Bassett Park on Sunday to determine who will be taking home the silverware.

Cities reserves captain Rhett Lewis said the boys were hungry for their fourth premiership in a row.

"We've just been doing our week to week training and getting the boys ready, but we know Mitchell is keen to knock us off our pedestals,” he said.

"They've got a really strong forward pack and always come out hard in the first 10 minutes.

"If they manage to score a quick few tries, they'll be really hard to stop so we have to match them in the first 10.

"We've been very evenly matched all year, they beat us the week before the finals and then we beat them the week after so it's sure to be a close game.”

With their last victory premiership in 2011, Mitchell reserves captain Chris Allen said the team made up with players from Charleville, Mitchell and Roma are going to do everything in their power to ruin Cities' three-year winning streak.

"Cities beat us in the major semi which gave us a massive wake-up call,” he said.

"It was a good thing for us and put us in our place. The guys came in more relaxed than they should have.

"They're a very well drilled, well organised team and will make us pay for our mistakes if we do anything wrong.”

Reserve grade Cities and Mitchell will play off in the grand final at Bassett Park on Sunday at 1.30pm.

"Win or lose, it's straight to the Comm after,” Lewis said.



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