Red hot Tigers cruise to third straight final
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Mundubbera Tigers are out for revenge when they take on Citrus Cup rivals the Gayndah Gladiators in the 2018 Central Burnett Rugby League final on Saturday, August 18.
The Tigers are desperate to avoid a repeat of the crushing 22-point defeat in last year's decider.
Biggenden proved but a minor speed bump on the the road to Mundubbera's third consecutive grand final appearance.
Five-eighth Bailey Kimber starred as the home side bounced back from a narrow preliminary final loss to the Gladiators to thump the Warriors 74-18 at Archer Park yesterday.
Biggenden president Justin Vicary said it was a disappointing way for the club to bow out.
"It was a sad way to finish the season considering it was the grand final qualifier,” Vicary said.
"It's been an up and down year but we do the best we can.
"It is what it is and we have to look to next year now.”
The heavily favoured Tigers came out of the do-or-die clash unscathed and are expected to field a full-strength side in the final.
Mundubbera president and club captain Cameron MacDonald said the emphatic win was important for his team's confidence heading into next weekend's blockbuster.
"Biggenden should hold their heads up high,” MacDonald said.
"They only had 13 men and all had to play the 80 minutes and they just ran out of legs.
"Everything is starting to come together at the right time of the season.
"Last game we played down there (in Gayndah) we came over the top of them.
"It gives us a boost knowing we can win there.
"There hasn't been many points separating us (when we've played) this year and it's always a physical game.”
The Tigers are keeping it simple in the lead-up.
A measured approach to preparations.
No extra training sessions required.
They believe the Biggenden thrashing provided the blueprint for success.
Mundubbera's monster pack rolled forward, laying a platform for their talented halves to tear the Warriors to shreds.
The minor premiers' major concern is the ill-discipline that's plagued their performances in recent weeks.
The trend continued in Saturday night's victory when another player was sin-binned for repeated infringements.
MacDonald is confident that's an easy fix, and said the premiership will be decided on defence.
"We know next week we're not going to be able to afford to give away the silly penalties,” MacDonald said.
"They will cost us points.
"Defence and discipline are going to win the game.
"Gayndah are a very strong attacking side across the park.
"Everyone has got to aim up in defence.
"All the other games in the season mean nothing if you don't turn up on grand final day.”