Lincoln University premier men’s rugby side, the Rams, are into their sixth straight Christchurch Metro Trophy final and aiming for their fifth win in that run..
The side beat Sydenham 37-28 in last week’s semi to continue their dominance in the competition, and will face Marist-Albion in the big event.
They will be paying at a spectator-free Rugby Park on Sunday due to Covid-19 Alert Level restrictions.
The side ran out to a big lead against HSOB in last year’s final, only to be run down 34-29 in the late stages of the game.
Ram’s coach, Alex Robertson, said 2020, with COVID-19, was always going to be a challenge, as the side had a limited pre-season. However, the coaches ensured that the details they went through during that time were simple and easy for the team to understand and implement.
“With only two losses we were happy with the round robin and to face Sydenham in the semi-final was a huge challenge. I’m very proud of the team about how they pulled through and grabbed the win.”
He said Kale Thatcher had been a standout performer in the side since taking his opportunity at the start of the year.
“He has given a solid performance week in week out and has been someone for the young men to follow. Rameka Poihipi has also been instrumental as captain this year and Josh Bokser stepping into the captain role whilst Rameka is with Canterbury has been immense.”
The team traditionally had a high turnover each season so they would approach the final with no hangover from last year’s loss, he added.
“We just need to be true to ourselves in the final, if we can do that then it will put us in a great position.
The Colts side, the Lambs will be in action on Saturday in their final.