LENNOX Head coach Mick Muir believes his side were underdogs during the 2013 FNC Rugby Union season.

The Trojans were the defending premiers coming off five consecutive grand final wins.

However they came up against a determined Byron Bay side and went down 22-10 in the minor semi-final on Saturday.

The loss means the Trojans 2013 campaign is over and either Byron Bay, Lismore or Wollongbar-Alstonville will be the new premiers.

"It was a disappointing way to finish, we turned over a lot of ball and made some poor decisions," Muir said.

"We had a totally new team this year with a lot of young blokes.

"I think we were probably even the underdogs in the second half of the season."

The Trojans were dealt a fatal blow when they lost captain and NSW Country representative Jeff Wilson with injury midway through the season.

They also lost most of the backline from previous years with Sam Stewart, Lachlan Creagh, Kalib Cupples, Matt Bindon and Sam Croke all moving on this season.

After Wilson was injured it was always going to be hard for them to make it six in a row.

"Put Jeff in any team and you can win the competition," Muir said.

"He adds so much in attack in defence as well as the leadership role.

"We have a lot of guys at the early stage of their rugby careers too.

"They all improved as the season went on and that was a big positive.

"The aim was to win six in a row and it didn't happen, but there is always next season."



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