A GRAND final spot is up for grabs this weekend when the Bendigo Fighting Miners host Monash University in a Victorian Rugby Championship semi-final.
The Miners had a bye last weekend before heading into this weekend’s do-or-die final against Monash.
The winner of the match will play either top side Shepparton or fourth-placed Maroondah in next week’s decider.
The Miners drew with Maroondah in their final home and away match of the season a fortnight ago in thrilling fashion, as Blake Theunissen crashed over the line with only minutes remaining to tie the scores at 20 apiece.
Bendigo will regain several players it was missing for this weekend’s semi-final including Jesse Tuituipo and Desmond Reynolds.
Monash comes into the match after an 80-0 victory over Melbourne Chargers last weekend, having not had the benefit of a final round bye.
Both matchups between the two sides earlier this season were close contests despite Bendigo winning both games.
The first was decided by seven points as Bendigo triumphed 27-20 behind two Jesse Tuituipo tries.
The second victory over Monash came away from home by 10 points after both sides were scoreless at half time.
Bendigo’s clash with Monash begins at 3pm on Saturday at Epsom Huntly Reserve.
The grand final will be held next weekend..