IF Orange City continue their Blowes Clothing Cup winning streak, they’ll have to do it without captain Josh Maley for a few weeks.
Maley injured his right knee during City’s 17-5 win over Dubbo Kangaroos in the second round.
The forward was going into a tackle in the opening minutes of the match in Dubbo and his knee bent awkwardly.
The injury means he will be out for up to six weeks.
“I was pretty upset when I did it. I’m OK now,” Maley said.
“I’d rather be injured at this time of year than at the end of the season.”
The Lions have won their opening three matches this season downing defending premiers Parkes 19-3, Dubbo Roos and Forbes 38-3.
In the three games they have conceded just 11 points.
Maley watched the Lions’ win against Forbes and liked what he saw.
“They were pretty impressive. That Junior [Sione Lafau’ou] is pretty good.”
Maley admitted it was a novelty to watch a game rather than have to pull the boots on.
“I took it pretty easy on Saturday. I just went along, had a couple of beers and watched the boys play,” Maley explained.
“It was pretty relaxing actually. I was more excited to go to the footy and just watch rather than having to play.
“It’s good to watch because you see things that you don’t notice when you play.”
Maley said he would focus on getting his injury right and hoped to be back for the Lions’ round seven clash against CSU Bathurst on June 2.
City will be looking to make it four-from-four this Saturday when they play Cowra in Cowra.