11/9/2014 - Orange Emus Chicks play Dubbo Rhinos Pink in Blowes Clothing Cup women’s grand final

SPEED TO BURN: Emus Chicks' centre Olivia Patterson has been one of her side's best this season, and needs to be tomorrow. Photo: MICHELLE COOK 0823mcwomen3SPEED TO BURN: Emus Chicks’ centre Olivia Patterson has been one of her side’s best this season, and needs to be tomorrow. Photo: MICHELLE COOK 0823mcwomen3

DESPITE admitting to nerves already, Orange Emus coach Amanda Ferguson said her side will go into tomorrow’s Blowes Clothing Cup women’s grand final supremely confident.

The green women come up against perennial heavyweights Dubbo Rhinos Pink in tomorrow’s decider, a match-up neither side has got the better of yet in 2014.

“We’ve won a few, and they’ve beaten us a few times,” Ferguson explained.

“It’s about 50-50 this season I think, which makes for a good game of rugby.”

Emus trained for the last time this week last night, and Ferguson said the preparation is really just a matter of keeping her players relaxed.

“We’re looking at it as a normal game, no different to anything we’ve played this season,” she said.

“We don’t really want to change anything at all in fact, we’re even going to Dubbo on Saturday morning rather than the Friday night.

“The nerves have kicked in for me, I’m not sure about the other girls but I don’t think we’ll have too many problems.”

Experience sits firmly on Rhinos’ side considering several of the Emus chicks are in their first season of rugby.

However, several of the first-year players have been among Emus’ best, particularly centre Olivia Patterson and halfback Nikki D’Aquino.

Ferguson said, like the preparation, nothing needed to change in terms of her side’s gameplay.

“We need to maintain possession, and more than anything just be aggressive at the breakdown,” she said.

“We have plenty of speed out wide, and creating space for those girls is pretty important.”

The women play at 9.10am.

taken from http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/2553931/emus-chicks-wont-change-a-thing-for-grand-final/?cs=104

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