In chase of back-to-back women’s Blowes Clothing Cup premierships, Cowra Eagles captain Michelle Miller says her side needs to focus on playing their style of rugby.
The Eagles shape up against a quick, fit and energetic Bathurst Bulldogs side who are looking to exert some revenge upon the Eagles for their major semi-final loss a fortnight ago.
Cowra boasts a more forwards dominant outfit and will aim to slowly tire the Dogs out.
“We’ll look to keep it in the forwards and and keep the ball rolling then spin it out to the backs,” Michelle Miller said.
“Nothing changes. Like we’ve been doing all year. We’ll stick to what we know and how we play and not worry about them.
“We need to play smart rugby. They have a young, fast team. They’re very keen they train a lot. We have a few older players so we have to be smart about our rugby.”
Miller said it’s been a difficult year for the Eagles, labeling it as “unorganised” having played just nine games throughout the competition while other sides played up to 12.
“We’re very surprised we’ve made it this far. The competition’s been so unorganised this season. We’ve only played nine games.
“It’s been unorganised. A bit chaotic.”
Cowra edged out the Dogs 10-0 in the major semi-final to book their spot in Saturday’s decider, and secure the luxury of enjoying a week off also.
“We have a group message and everyone firing each other up. It can be hard to get going after a week off but the girls a good group and that won’t be an issue,” she said.
“We won it in 2013 then went off a bit. But back-to-back would be fantastic especially for me and Betty [Doolan] who are umming and ahhing about whether or not we’ll keep playing.”
Miller said victory on Saturday would mean a lot to the entire Cowra Eagles Rugby Club.
“Also for the club and the boys as well. The boys have shown a lot of support to us this year.
“We have to be confident. I’ll be proud either way. Someone has to lose we’re hoping on Saturday it’s not us.”