Ben Forbes for Bears tries to break the tackle of Rangers’ fullback Joe Adams during their final round Risdon Cup match at Heritage Oval two weeks ago.
Ben Forbes for Bears tries to break the tackle of Rangers’ fullback Joe Adams during their final round Risdon Cup match at Heritage Oval two weeks ago. Kevin Farmer

War of attrition awaits contenders

TOOWOOMBA Bears and Rangers will need to survive a three-week finals acid test if they hope to lift this year’s Downs Rugby premiership trophy.

Bears and Rangers begin their Risdon Cup climb in Saturday’s 4pm elimination semi-final at USQ Oval.

Their showdown is part of a second week of Super Saturday rugby when this season’s grand final venue will be decided.

In the day’s major A grade semi-final competition, favourites USQ Saints clash with in-form Roma at 2.30pm.

The winner will host this year’s grand final on September 3 while the loser will have a home game in Saturday week’s preliminary final.

Roma notched its 13th straight season win with a 24-7 victory over Rangers at home last weekend, while Bears eliminated Goondiwindi 34-12.

Bears and Rangers now face surviving Saturday’s sudden-death encounter before having to get over both minor premiers USQ and the Echidnas at Roma to claim the title.



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