Odds are Nigel Staniforth and his Orange Emus haven't ever been compared to Dixie Chicks but reading between the lines, the greens' attitude in Saturday's showdown with Bathurst Bulldogs will be akin to one of the Grammy-winning group's most-polarising hits.
Although he played a relatively straight bat Staniforth did confirm his greens aren't willing to lay down and simply let the undefeated, competition-leading Bulldogs snap their nine-year Endeavour Oval losing streak, not without a massive fight anyway.
In short, like the Natalie Maines-fronted Dixie Chicks in 2006, Emus aren't ready to make nice, nor are they ready to back down.
"Not at all," the greens' skipper said, when asked if his side had any plans of letting Bulldogs' trip to fortress Endeavour be an easy one.
They're on top, they're nine points clear and honestly they don't have that many weaknesses so I think they have to be considered the benchmark.Emus skipper Nigel Staniforth, on Bathurst Bulldogs
"We were really disappointed with the six-point loss to them at [Anne Ashwood Park] earlier in the year, we thought we were below our best in that game. We don't think we've been at our best consistently this year yet either.
"We're really looking forward to having them here at Endeavour and hopefully doing more than just showing glimpses of our best."
That works both ways of course, and Staniforth's acutely aware of how big a challenge the Peter Fitzsimmons-led Bulldogs pose for his greens, who sit second and are nine points adrift of the rampant Bathurst side.
Although Bulldogs head coach Dean Oxley suggested he still considers the greens the benchmark of the Blowes Clothing Cup last week, Staniforth said the exact same of the Bathurst outfit.
"They're on top, they're nine points clear and honestly they don't have that many weaknesses so I think they have to be considered the benchmark," Staniforth said.
"They're very consistent, which we haven't been across 80 minutes yet. They've been together for a while now, they've got a very good scrum and they're dangerous on the counter-attack.
"When they beat us down there they didn't make many errors and they took their opportunities for points when they got them.
"I think that consistency has been the biggest difference (between the two sides). We need to be at our best for 80 minutes, we've been patchy this year.
"We've shown some great glimpses, like I said. The first 10 minutes against Orange City and the last bit of that game too, that's how we want to play. In between our intensity dropped and things went a little sideways."
Considering that, Staniforth conceded any question marks remaining over Emus' premiership credentials in 2019 are probably somewhat justified, but the greens' end goal hasn't changed at all.
"You'd be dumb if you're not aiming for the minor premiership, it gives you that home ground advantage for the major semi-final and then potentially the grand final too," he said.
"So yes, we're still aiming for that and we're still winning games and sitting second, which is obviously better than losing.
"We know we can challenge and beat any team in this competition when we do get that consistency, but we're at the halfway mark of the competition and with the way things have been first thing's first, trying to knock off Bulldogs."
The greens are expected to be buoyed by a huge crowd at Endeavour Oval too.
The club's premiership sides of the late 1990s and early 2000s are planning a reunion, which will lead into the Orange Black Tie Scrum at the Endeavour clubhouse that night.
Kick-off in Saturday's mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash is at 3.15pm.
- ORANGE EMUS: 1 Matt Findlay, 2 Charlie Henley, 3 Michael Graham, 4 Sam McLean, 5 Nick Hughes-Clapp, 6 Simon Badgery, 7 Sam Greatbatch, 8 Scott McLean, 9 TJ Cunynghame, 10 Jamil Khalfan, 11 Tom Green, 12 Lachie Harris, 13 Tom Joseph, 14 Harry Cummins, 15 Nigel Staniforth (c); Bench: 16 Matt Campbell
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