Looking into the tea leaves, my thoughts:
Though the season is finishing quite early, the last round has range of interesting fixtures that should make for some good viewing for the punters.
Aloys vs Cranbrrok.
I think it is fair to say that whilst both these teams haven't had the results they were wishing for, they have participated in some good entertaining games and so this one should be similar. I probably favour the Cranbrook forwards and the Aloys backs. The Cranbrook backs will need to show some flair and confidence than what I have seen from them. But I think that will be possible. Aloys will snipe, surprise, harry and annoy the opposition. They will eagerly take what is available and try to make as much available. Cranbrook would have the depth and structure, Aloys will play at pace and be disruptive. Both sides will give it a go and it should be an entertaining game. Hard to say who will win.
Trinity vs Waverley.
Probably the game of the round. Both sides have powerful and hard working forwards and will try to get ascendency there. I am not sure how affected Waverley will be with their injuries, but they do seem to have more depth than Trinity this year. Waverley has a good mixture of attack and defence. They seem to be quite adept at long distance tries. Trinity will need to use their backs to better effect, especially their 15 who looks to be one for the future. I suppose Trinity has got the home side advantage, but they are backing up after Barker and Waverley has shown some class this year. Not sure who will win.
Barker vs Knox.
Barker at home should be a certainty. But stranger things have happened, and Knox have steadily, but rather erratically improved throughout the season. Their defence is probably much improved since the first meeting. Barker is a well drilled side who can dominate through a cohesive back line and fitness, especially in the end. Once they get a roll on they can be hard to beat. Knox will need to be at their best and be disruptive with-out being too ill disciplined. There are some young players in this Knox side, so it may not be their season yet. And whilst they are much improved, I think the gulf in class to Barker may be a bit too much this time. Barker to get away with it at home.