GALLERY: Mustangs through to final
The Nanango Stags and Murgon Mustangs fought hard until the dying seconds of the South Burnett Rugby League semi-final at the weekend.
At half-time Murgon led Nanango 20-18, ensuring the second half would be a fierce competition.
The teams were neck-and-neck, and when it looked like the Stags had it in the bag, the Mustangs snatched a 34-32 victory with a last-minute try.
The Mustangs' co-coach Paul Brunjes said the boys were chuffed with the late win.
"They're over the moon, they thought they'd done their dash because we got beaten by Nanango in a nail-biter last year,” Brunjes said.
"Nanango ended up scoring after the full-time hooter to beat us.”
This was similar to the events of the past weekend, with Murgon narrowly losing at the full-time mark, forcing Saturday's play-off.
"It's good to get a chance at the grand final,” Brunjes said.
The coach paid tribute to his props, namely Mark Saltner, Michael Giles along with second rower Gordon Fonua.
"They put a massive amount of work in that second half,” Brunjes said.
"In fact, most of our forwards played 70 of 80 minutes because we were down a couple of players.”
Murgon is now set for a showdown with long-time rivals Cherbourg.
Through the season the two teams traded turns at triumph.
"We beat Cherbourg in the middle fixture game, we beat them convincingly then they beat us closely in the other two fixtures,” Brunjes said.
"This year we ended up equal minor premiers but they won it on a count-back.”
Cherbourg has performed well all season and the Mustangs bear no illusions about the scale of the job laid out next weekend.
"They've got a couple of really good players, like Keith Gaddy,” Brunjes said.
"He's been outstanding, we definitely need to contain him. If we don't, he'll take the game away from us.”
But Brunjes is confident of victory.
"We'll be training Tuesday and Thursday and then might have light run on Friday,” he said.
"We'll be at full strength and our forwards are starting to really get it together.”