HUDDERSFIELD Underbank Rangers face another outing to try and book their place in the Rugby League Conference National Grand Final at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium on October 4.
Runners-up in the regular season, Rangers faced table-toppers Bramley Buffaloes in Leeds and the home side snatched a dramatic late victory over their West Yorkshire rivals 30-24.
While Bramley prepare for Warrington, for Underbank there is a second chance in the elimination semi-final which will be played against newcomers Nottingham Outlaws at their Cross ground home next Saturday.
Rangers will be hopeful that they can book a return with Bramley at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, though Nottingham have hit good form of late and ousted Featherstone Lions in their elimination play-off at the weekend.
Rangers had looked in good shape to progress at Bramley when full back Chris Thorley kicked a penalty goal to edge Underbank in front at 24-22 just minutes from time.
However, Paul Drake coolly slotted over a 35 metre penalty to level the scores and, with extra time looming, Drake charged down a field goal attempt from Rangers’ player-coach Richard Knight and had the composure to gather the ball and outpace the chasing cover to score underneath the posts and he duly converted.
Full report in tomorrow’s Examiner Sport.