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Cougars and Pirates take Rugby to the Country.

Casuarina and University will create history on Saturday when their vital Round 12 clash is played at the Jimmy Ah Toy Oval in Pine Creek.

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Club Rugby in the Northern Territory Rugby Union and with the support of the Victoria Daly Regional Council the first ever Premiership Match has been schedule in the Historical Township 226km south of Darwin

The marquee match-up features the two clubs who between them have won 21 of the 39 premierships decided since the inception of Club Rugby in Darwin in 1976.

There will silverware up for grabs with teams playing for playing for the “Victoria Daly Regional Council – Pine Creek Cup.

The outcome of the encounter will have significant bearing on the make-up of the competition ladder. University are currently in 5th position two points behind Darwin Dragons who are two points behind Casuarina.

The Pirates season hangs very much in the balance needing a win over the Cougars and rely on Palmerston to defeat Dragons in order to move into the top 4. The reigning Premier’s biggest hurdle will be the four teams currently ahead of them on the ladder have yet to play Swampdogs a third time and earn the almost guaranteed five competition points it brings.

Casuarina will look on victory as keeping them in the hunt for a top 2 finish while a heavy loss and a Dragons victory over Palmerston will see them drop out of the top 4.

The match will kick off at 5.30pm preceded by a Golden Oldies match featuring the Katherine Krocs.

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