The player who will be key to Murgon's premiership hopes
WHEN Mark Saltner is on the field, the Murgon Mustangs are more likely to win.
That's according to coach Paul Brunjes who is grateful the forward will be in blue and gold for the South Burnett Rugby League grand final against Cherbourg this Saturday.
"Everything he does on the field is outstanding and the boys really look up to him,” Brunjes said.
Saltner's influence on the field is reflected in the success he has shared with his teammates across 10 grand final appearances in his 20-year career.
"I have only lost two and I am feeling really good about this one,” he said.
"I don't think it will be a high-scoring game, it will be nice and close and only a few points in it.”
The high-stakes clash will be a replay of the 2017 grand final between the Mustangs and Hornets.
In that match, Murgon managed to get the better of the Cherbourg side 44-42, and Saltner expects this weekend's match will be another tough contest.
"It is a different side with a lot of young fellas that are all pretty handy and it is good for the future, especially if we win this one and they all stick around,” he said.
"I know all the Cherbourg boys and we are all good mates off the field, but put our game faces on and are all very serious.”
Saltner loves his role running straight at his opponents and believes it will be the speed and physicality of Cherbourg's game that will be the biggest test.
"Every game this year has been a really physical game compared to other South Burnett teams,” he said.
"They have got a heap of young fellas that are quick on the outside, so we will try and shut them down with our halves as quick as possible.”
The Murgon squad has been under the guidance of Brunjes and Jason Webber this season, who Saltner said had been key to the side's success.
Mustangs will have the home ground advantage this weekend, but Saltner said the Cherbourg fans would be out in force.
The A-grade showdown will kick off at 3pm.