There's no time like the present.
That's the message from Orange City player-coach Brad Cleal ahead of Sunday's Blowes Clothing Cup second grade minor semi-final, in which his Lions face cross-city rivals Emus, a side they haven't managed to best this year.
Emus have tasted success in all three of this year's local derbies so far but there's been little separating the two sides in 2019, the biggest defeat Cleal and his Lions have suffered at their rivals' hands has been by just 10 points.
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That defeat came in the final round of the regular season a fortnight ago but Emus did score late to the extend that margin, so considering all three of their match-ups have been in the balance until the very end Cleal said his Lions remain confident.
And, as he said, there'd be no better feeling for his side than to score their first derby win of the year in the one that really matters.
"That's exactly right, and we won't have any excuses on the weekend because we'll be trotting out the best side we've had all season. Emus will be the same I imagine and they'll be tough to beat, but we've got some confidence," Cleal said.
"We've killed ourselves a bit in the games we've lost to them this year. Emus have been good, don't get me wrong, especially at the set piece. They've pushed us around and probably won 75 per cent of the scrums across the year, so we've been a bit desperate when we've had the ball.
"We've got some really good attacking players our in our backline but I think maybe we've tried too hard to score from everywhere rather than showing some patience, because we've been worrying about how much ball we will or won't have.
"So we'll try to be a bit more dominant, or at least stronger, at that set peice then go from there. It'll be a good game though, definitely."
Cleal's not wrong in his assessment of the Lions' backline either, actually their whole side.
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The likes of Chris Barrett, Mitch Pearce, Tatafu Na'anuimotu and Wayne Miller will all start in the Lions' pack while Cleal will direct traffic in a backline that boasts Kurt McNamara, Mo Amone, Kurt Beahan and Sam Coote.
That experience will count for plenty in the sudden-death clash at Cowra Rugby Ground, which kicks off at 1.45pm on Sunday before the top grade minor semi-final between the Eagles and Forbes.
- ORANGE EMUS: 1 Cody Perrott, 2 Al Hattersley, 3 Reece Bell, 4 Pete Brus, 5 Tom Fenualelei, 6 Nick Leslie, 7 Keith Howarth, 8 Joel Urban, 9 Louis Carr, 10 Matt Campbell, 11 Derek Thompson, 12 Dave Joseph, 13 Harry Edwards, 14 Mitch Weekes, 15 Scott Hubbard
- ORANGE CITY: 1 Keith Lawson, 2 Darcy Holmes, 3 Dave Sterling, 4 Chris Barrett, 5 Mitch Pearce, 6 Colin McGregor, 7 Wayne Miller, 8 Tatafu Na'anuimotu, 9 Anthony Kent, 10 Brad Cleal, 11 Mo Amone, 12 Kurt McNamara, 13 Kurt Beahan, 14 Cohen Cartwright, 15 Sam Coote
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