Four rounds left for Rugby Union to make finals push

THERE’S plenty of time left for Rugby Union to climb into a finals spot this Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade season, despite there being only four rounds remaining.

The two-day matches resume this Saturday, with the last-placed Bulldogs taking on Centennials Bulls at the Sportsground, and there’s lot of points up for grabs in the longer format. 

Bulldogs captain Sam Macpherson said the finals chances for his club will be improved by putting a consistent team on the park, starting with this Saturday.

“For us its going to be all about players making themselves available,” he said.

CLIMB TIME: Tyler Horton and Jameel Qureshi will have four rounds to get themselves into the Bathurst District Cricket Association top four. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

CLIMB TIME: Tyler Horton and Jameel Qureshi will have four rounds to get themselves into the Bathurst District Cricket Association top four. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

“We’ve got guys who are running their own businesses, busy with families and young guys who are away with family on holidays around this time of year.”

Rain has stopped Bulls and Bulldogs from meeting each other this season until now.

Macpherson and his side are well aware of what Bulls’ long time players like Josh Toole, Aaron Seymour and Andrew Brown are capable of, but the rain has robbed Rugby of a chance to see the new recruits.

“We obviously know what a few of their guys can do but the guys who came across from Lithgow are the ones we don’t know too much about and haven’t seen much of them,” he said.

“It will be handy too if we don’t drop Tooley, which we seem to do every time we play them. 

“It’s about keeping their big guns under control. If you can see off Billy [Seymour] with the ball and stop Tooley and Browny with the bat then you’ve got a good chance.”