Finals spots still not locked in with the Bundaberg Rugby League

Easts player Clinton Horne is tackled by Wallaroos fullback Daniel Gillen earlier this season. The Wallaroos are now clinging on to a chance to play finals, heading into the final round. Picture: SHANE JONES

By Shane Jones

The Wallaroos has a lot of work to do to play finals, but the side is still in it heading into the final week of the Bundaberg Rugby League A-grade season.

The bottom-placed side in the competition kept its chances alive by beating fifth-placed The Waves 38-32 in the last round at Salter Oval on Saturday.

The Roos sealed the game in the last moments, scoring a try to extend its lead from two to six and seal the win in a topsy-turvy contest.

Heading into the contest The Waves could have sealed the fifth and last spot in the finals with a win, as the side was two games clear with two games to go.

But the win for the Roos reduces the margin to two points and with two points on offer for winning sides this week, the Roos could get it if they defeat Hervey Bay this week and The Waves loses to Past Brothers.

The Roos’ stumbling block is for and against.

The win only reduced the difference to 107 between the two teams.

So the Roos would need to win by at least 55 points this weekend and hope The Waves lose by that much.

Obviously the lower the margin is for the Roos when they win, the more The Waves need to lose by and vice versa.

While miracles can happen, it looks unlikely the side can do it.

The Waves could also end it with a win over Past Brothers.

The other spots in the finals are almost set, but the finals matches for the first week have been locked in regardless of results for those in the top four.

Easts, who lost to Past Brothers 38-22 last week, will get the week off as the minor premier.

The Magpies will then face the winner of Western Suburbs and Past Brothers, who will battle in the first final.

Past Brothers and Wests will fight for second this weekend but both can’t fall below third position.

Wests have a for and against of 104 more than Past Brothers, so Brothers will need to beat The Waves tomorrow by a lot to seal second and rely on Wests to lose to Easts in the other contest by a lot as well.

Finally, Hervey Bay will play either The Waves or the Wallaroos in an elimination final after sealing a spot in the finals despite a 26-18 loss to Wests last week.

The side could fall to fifth, if The Waves win and the team loses to the Wallaroos this week, but it won’t be eliminated from the finals.

The team would seal fourth with a win over the Wallaroos with the two Fraser Coast teams to face tomorrow at 5pm.

Easts and Wests will face each other at the same time at 5pm at Salter Oval with Brothers and The Waves to play earlier at 3pm at the same venue.