The Burdekin Roosters have continued their fairytale form in the TDRL competition with an emphatic and upset victory over 2013 champions the Herbert River Crushers in last weekends preliminary final.
The Roosters will be vying for their first premiership in 11 years with a 32-18 victory setting up an exciting clash with Brothers.
It was a high tempo match with both sides coming from behind at different times however it was Burdekin who finished the stronger posting three unanswered tries in the final 20 minutes to secure a memorable victory.
It was a disappointing finish for the Crushers who maintained premiership favouritism going into the match after clinching the minor premiership only weeks earlier however lost their way in the finals.
Temone and Rainer Power both scored doubles and were outstanding as the Roosters made the Crushers fringe defence look non existent. Burdekin have hit form at the right time and will be hard to beat in the decider.
BURDEKIN 32 (Tries: Rainer Power 2, Sio Ataata 1, Temone Power 2, Jack Brock 1, Goals: Lona Kaifoto 4) DEF HERBERT RIVER 18 (Tries: Anthony Perkins 1, Aaron Solari 2, Goals: Mitchell Seri 3)
NORTHS 26 (Tries: Brian Messa 1, Clinton Pearson 1, Justin Torney 1, Jordan Lowth 1, Berrin Charles 1, Clinton Pearson 2, Brian Messa 1) def HERBERT RIVER 14 (Tries: Jay Horvat 1, Luke Casale 1, Jared Cantoni 1, Goals: Michael Skipper 1)
BROTHERS 26 (Tries: Gideon Mosby-Gela 1, Mitchell Smith 1, Zak Parker 1, Brenn Foster 1, Jayden Adams 1, Goals: Zak Parker 3) def HERBERT RIVER 18 (Tries: John Larry 1, Kyle Sera 1, Myles Romanello 1, Goals: Dylan Gaggiano 3)