Sydney University Lions 11-year streak in the Waratah Bowl, NSW Gridiron’s premier league competition, will be on the line this Saturday when they take on third-placed UTS in a sudden-death semi-final at 5Sports, Caringbah.

Minor premiers West Sydney Pirates will take on fourth-placed Seahawks in the other semi-final, with the winners to contest the Waratah Shield at 5Sports on December 13.

The Lions won their last game of the competition proper last Saturday with a 60-13 disposal of Newcastle Cobras at St John’s College Oval, Charlestown.

But they finished the season in second spot, with an 11-1 record, missing out on the top spot thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Pirates (11-1).

Having finished runners-up in their inaugural year in the competition in 1984, the Lions have since won a record 15 NSW premierships, with back-to-back titles in 1985-86, titles in 1992 and 1995, and an 11-year streak since 2003.