The Ballarat Rugby Club has claimed the Victorian Club Rugby division 2B premiership by overcoming Melton 19-13 at Sparks Reserve in Box Hill on Saturday.
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The Rattas had been forced to scrap for a grand final berth last week when they overcame Melbourne, fighting back from a half time deficit to claim the fixture by six points.
The young side took the confidence from the tough semi-final to come out firing against the Warriors, taking a much-needed four-point buffer into half time.
However the Ballarat outfit was again forced to stage a fightback after the Warriors secured the first try of the second half, with the Rattas responding with their third try of the afternoon.
The Ballarat side had to hold on in the dying minutes as the Warriors fought hard. The Rattas held their nerve to take home their first premiership in 16 years.
The result brought to an end Melton’s 13-match winning streak. The Rattas had been humbled by the Warriors 22-3 in their round eight battle.
Ballarat Rugby Club president Luke Miller said he expected the young side would continue to be a force in the coming years.
“It’s been 16 years in the making, and the club has really started to pick up,” Miller said.
“It was a gutsy win and we knew it would be tough, but just like last week the boys found a way to win.”
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