Ag College’s seven-game winning streak started after a loss to Waratahs and was ended by same team on Saturday.
Waratahs proved too good to set up another grand final appearance and leave Ag College fighting for their season.
Ag College were outplayed in the first half, with plenty of mistakes proving costly, and despite a second half rally couldn’t reel in the unbeaten minor premiers.
Coach Will Mitchell thought the slow start hurt as Aggies went down 47-24.
“It was the mistakes that cost us in the first half,” Mitchell said.
“I know the boys were really nervous and were pretty tired after a big couple of weeks, and it’s not an excuse.
“We didn’t come out of the blocks well enough and Waratahs did.
“If we can judge a game on the last 50 minutes we were extremely competitive and did alright, but it is footy and it is 80 minutes.”
Despite another loss to Waratahs, Mitchell remains pleased with his side heading into a preliminary final clash with Leeton.
Aggies have downed Leeton twice in Wagga in the last three weeks and now they have to do it again to set up a rematch against Waratahs in the grand final.
“It’s 23 points and if that doesn’t build belief I’m not too sure what will,” he said.
“We know Waratahs can be beaten and we just have to have our best day to do it.
“But we’ve got Leeton next week so we will worry about Waratahs hopefully in a couple of weeks.”
Darcy Booth picked up a rib issue and will be in doubt for the clash at Jarrah Oval.