THE Bendigo Fighting Miners face a top-of-the-table clash this weekend as the Victorian Rugby Union Championship nears the pointy end of the season.
With three games remaining, the Miners sit second on the table behind the ladder-leading Shepparton.
The two sides meet on Saturday at Vibert Reserve, with a win to the hosts locking away top spot heading into finals.
A Bendigo win can open the door for a run to the ladder lead, but only if Shepparton loses at least one further match over the final fortnight of the season.
Bendigo comes into the clash with spectacular form, having taken apart Melbourne Chargers last weekend, 161-0.
The Miners again beat their club record for biggest win, set earlier this year against the Chargers.
It isn’t the biggest win of the season though, with Shepparton smashing the Chargers‘ reserves 168-0 in the opening round of the season before that team was withdrawn from the league.
The Miners scored 25 tries and kicked 18 conversions against their ultimately hapless opponent.
Among the records set in the contest were the club’s highest score, biggest winning margin and most tries.
In three games against the Chargers this season, the Miners have scored a total of 446 points without conceding a single point.
Shepparton last week scored a 28-0 win over Ballarat thanks to a forfeited result.
If ladder positions remain the same, Shepparton and Bendigo would meet in a semi-final, with the winner progressing directly to the decider, while the loser would play a preliminary final the following week.
The Miners are drawn to play Maroondah and Ballarat before the four-team finals series begins on August 11.