It's a local derby semi-final

Bangalow and Byron Bay clash on Saturday at Bangalow in the Village Competition knock-out semi-final.

In the first round at home Byron accounted for Bangalow 7-0. In the second round Bangalow got up on the bell 24-22.

Both clashes have been high speed and physical games.

In recent seasons there have been some classic encounters with Bangalow taking the honours, but this year Byron have recruited well and will play a Bangalow team minus eight players from last year’s premiership winning team.

This season Byron have toughened up their forward pack under the guidance of coach Warren Fisher and led by Michael ‘Wombat’ Leece.

They have troubled the top teams with their willingness to spread the ball to the wings through their quick and skilful backline.

Bangalow have failed to reach any great heights, but will be looking to up the ante in front of their loyal supporters having a settled team finally.

Finals experience in the past should assist Bangalow’s performance, with six players lining up who have won the last five premierships in a row.

Captained by Jock Craigie and coached by Simon Balcon, Bangalow will be looking to their go-to men.

Both teams won’t stray from what has worked previously.

Byron is playing a more structured game from previous years.

 Their set piece has improved and they have ball players across the park.

Their natural game is to spread the ball at any opportunity.

 Bangalow will look to play a disciplined structured game, controlling the ball and building pressure.

 It will be a case of which game plan works on the day.

Come and support your local team and enjoy grassroots rugby at its best.

 Food and beverages will be available at the ground.

The game kicks off at 2.30.

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