NRRRL final flurry

ROUND 20, the final round of this year's regular NRRRL season, sees a couple of real crunch games.

Both matches ? Murwillumbah v Cudgen and Ballina v Marist Brothers ? will have a big bearing on the makeup of the final six.

The teams placed second to fifth after 19 rounds are: Murwillumbah (31), Marist Brothers (30), Cudgen (29) and Ballina (28).

Murwillumbah Mustangs must defeat Cudgen to ensure a top-two spot, with it a week off and a chance to host the September 18 grand final.

A Cudgen victory could mean second place on for and against points.

If Brothers down Ballina and Murwillumbah loses to Cudgen, then the Brethren finish second.

Two bites at the cherry and home-ground advantages: They are all up for grabs this weekend.

It's great to see that the places in the final six have come down to the last round.

My predictions ? Murwillumbah victory at home in a close one and Marist Brothers to continue their dominance over Ballina.

can vouch for his toughness. Almost single-handedly at times, he took on some very good Marist Brothers packs. He was never intimidated and I can say I never saw too many of our guys get over the top of him.

Let's hope his team-mates do the right thing and send him out on a good note this weekend.

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