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Match preview: Rugby kicks up a notch

THE first New England Rugby Union semi-final is set to come down to the wire with minor premiers St Albert’s taking on an in-form Armidale Blues outfit at Bellevue Oval on Saturday.

The last time the two sides clashed in Round 13, Albies escaped with a one-point victory over the reigning premiers. 

Albies have been the front-runners in the competition all season but the Blues are aiming to secure the first place in the grand final on August 13. 

On the charge: Albies' Jack Thomas will be hoping for a win over Armidale Blues on Saturday.

On the charge: Albies' Jack Thomas will be hoping for a win over Armidale Blues on Saturday.

“It has been a couple of years since we have gone in with an underdog tag but it is something we are happy to embrace,” Blues co-coach Luke Stephen said. Read on.