ORANGE City is one step closer to avenging their 2012 Blowes Clothing Cup colts grand final defeat after accounting for Parkes Boars in Saturday’s major semi-final by one point.
Ahead 24-16 heading into injury time, the Lion cubs proved too tough for a Boars outfit that scored a converted try right on full-time to bring the final margin back to just one.
Orange City coach Anthony Sullivan said while just the solitary point separated his side from becoming the first under 20s team to qualify for the 2013 colts decider and a sudden-death preliminary final, the Lions were always in control.
Sullivan’s Lions lost last year’s decider 18-10 against Dubbo Roos and the coach added they were determined not to let another title chance slip.
“We’ve been really consistent throughout the entire year and now it’s just about getting their best rugby from them when it matters most,” Sullivan said.
Parkes will now face a CSU Bathurst outfit that disposed of Forbes 13-10 in the minor semi-final last week in Cowra.
Sullivan said the challenge ahead of his side was getting the best out of a squad that’s set the benchmark all year.
Sullivan said No.8 Sone Koopu was the best player on the field for the Lions in the one-point major semi-final win.