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The Moonshiners (green) have booked a place in the second grade FRCRU grandfinal. Photo Vicki N Mick Kerry

The Mullumbimby Moonshiners have a chance to win their second premiership in four years after beating Wollongbar Alstonville in the second-grade rugby semifinal 17–5 last Saturday.

The Moonshiners were minor premiers despite losing to WAR 33–12 in the last game of the regular season.

To win the rematch on the weekend after travelling away and with a grandfinal berth on the line was a big effort, Mullumbimby’s Teale Pyne said.

‘We had a better preparation than last time and turned up with the right mindset,’ he said.

The Moonshiners had their nose in front at halftime 7–5, but managed a second try after the break to seal the win. Troy McArthur and Luke Caldwell were the try scorers while Andrew Jordan-Brown converted both and Byron Flynn kicked a penalty goal. 

Andrew Ross scored WAR’s only try.

This week Ballina take on WAR for the other grandfinal spot.

‘Both are tough teams; either way we are up for a good grandfinal,’ Teale said. ‘We have a few blokes coming back from injury and while we will enjoy the rest this weekend we are training hard.’

The side will stick to its winning formula of using its large pack to set up the backs to score the tries.

The side is hoping for a vocal Mullumbimby crowd when they play the grandfinal at Crozier Park, Lismore, on Saturday September 14.


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