Last year’s final rivals clash again

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Wyndham and Riversdale will face one another in a replay of last year’s Southlandwide Division 1 final.
Riversdale won on that day 12-0 after retaining a 12-0 halftime lead all the way to the final whistle with a strong kicking display from Willie Tree.
Tree’s tactical kicking steered Riversdale to the right end of the park, where he also got all the points via three penalties and a dropped goal.
Tree played in its semifinal 17-14 win over Edendale on Saturday and will look to repeat for tomorrow’s final.
Riversdale coach Garth Lindsay was hoping for a repeat of last year’s final this weekend.
‘‘What will be, will be. We are happy to be there. We haven’t beaten Wyndham all year so I guess we can assume underdog status, although I think we were in the same situation last year,’’ Lindsay said.
He said his side would need to be as good as it was against Edendale but would need to step it up a notch even further against Wyndham.
He said Riversdale forwards would need to work harder, as Wyndham had a pack to match them.
‘‘Wyndham are a very good allround side that have been playing extremely well throughout the season. We will have to lift our game even further from the match last week to stand a chance.’’
Lindsay praised his side’s forwards’ display and defensive effort in shutting down Edendale’s backs in the semifinal.
He said once Riversdale was up 17-9, the players felt Edendale’s heads drop and they had the upper hand from then.
Lindsay said the side was in a good frame of mind for the final.
His players were aware they could cause an upset like in last year’s final, with defence the key for the match-up.
‘‘Wyndham have probably got the best all-round team in the competition so it will be tough to beat them.
‘‘However, it is a one-off game and anything can happen.’’
The match was set to be a home match for Wyndham after the side qualified top of the table.
After a wet semifinal at the ground last week, the match has been moved to Les George Oval.