Kooringal look to rise to challenge

BIG GAME: Kooringal High's Brody Tracey gets brought down by TRAC's Henry Yates last week. Kooringal plays Wagga High School for a place in the Hardy Shield final.

BIG GAME: Kooringal High's Brody Tracey gets brought down by TRAC's Henry Yates last week. Kooringal plays Wagga High School for a place in the Hardy Shield final.

Kooringal High School faces a big step up as they prepare to tackle Wagga High School for a place in the Hardy Shield final on Tuesday.

While undefeated, the team has come through the lower ranked Pool B to qualify for the semi-finals.

After taking a narrow win over Mount Austin High to start the schoolboys rugby league competition, Kooringal burst into the semis with a 34-6 demolition of The Riverina Anglican College last Tuesday.

On the other hand Wagga High started their campaign with a narrow loss to Kildare Catholic College before getting the better of Mater Dei Catholic College.

Wagga High hasn’t played in 12 days and coach Brent Merritt hopes it is long enough to fix some niggling injuries picked up in the 32-4 win over Mater Dei.

“I think we had a very good game a fortnight ago and this will be a good tough to see if we are ready to take on Kildare again,” Merritt said.

In the second of the semi-finals, Kildare and Mater Dei will face-off in another rematch of last year’s grand final.

The two teams met last week with the defending champions scoring a 30-20 win to continue their unbeaten streak.

The final will be held on March 28 along with the play-offs for the the remaining four positions.

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