Albion needs to find another gear against Mossburn

Mossburn will host the division one final this weekend against Albion Excelsior.

In last Saturday's semifinals, fourth qualifier Albion Excelsior beat top qualifier Pioneer 30-27.

Albion coach Richie Robinson said the game at Newman Park between the two Gore clubs was played in front of a huge crowd.

"The match was every bit the battle we expected it to be. Both teams played some really good footy and it was anybody's game right up until the final minute," Robinson said.

Robinson said his team would need to find another gear against Mossburn.

Mossburn had a more comfortable semifinal, winning 43-19 at home over Blues B.

Mossburn scored four tries in the first 30 minutes and will be looking to repeat that roaring start tomorrow.

Mossburn has already banked the Speight's Shield for the year.

The division one trophy works on the same format as the Ranfurly Shield.

Tokanui will host the division two final this weekend against Mataura. In last week's semifinals, top qualifier Tokanui earned a hard-fought 23-16 win over Drummond Limehills Star and Mataura beat Riverton 34-13.

Tokanui has not been beaten this season and will start as a slight favourite to win the CJ Soper Cup on Saturday.

Mataura coaches Brett Roberts and Jason Bishop have faith in the strength of the entire squad. Mataura's big forwards will be out to repeat last week's effort and earn front-foot ball for its talented young backline.

Mataura supporters are torn between two venues on Saturday. The club's presidents B grade team plays its final in Waikaia at the same time.

 - John Langford 

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