The one thing Centrals wanted to do in the lead-up to their T20 Royal Hotel Cup eliminator against rugby union was bat well.
And that seems an obvious goal for any cricket side but in the case of the red and blacks, they really needed to boost their run-scoring-form, especially ahead of the task at-hand.
After restricting the visitors to 145 runs in the opening innings, Centrals would have fancied their chances to get somewhere near the total.
But, after losing two wickets in the first over, Daz Kennwell's team went on to lose by 35 runs.
The task at-hand for Centrals was certainly harder when key man Fletcher Rose was ruled out but still, the home would have wanted to go closer to Rugby Union than what they did.
After the chaotic start, Cam Rasmussen (54) did his best to orchestrate a comeback as he was by far the most potent bat for Centrals.
But, when Percy Raveneau (2/8) bowled him out in the closing overs, the final result was a foregone conclusion.
Players like Raveneau and Jonah Ruzgas (2/22) have been somewhat overlooked in Rugby Union's ranks throughout the last three months as the bowling staff has elevated its game with the batting line.
Ruzgas was the man who cleaned up the top of Centrals' batting order, leaving them in disarray just a few minutes into the run chase.
"After the second over they were 2/0 so we were in a really good position," he said.
"We never really felt like we were going to lose."
According to the left-arm fast bowler, Ryan Peacock dubbed 135 as a par score, meaning anything on top of that was a bonus.
"We were about 15-20 above where we wanted to be said," he said.
"A lot of the chat this year has been about the firepower in Rugby Union's batting line but Ruzgas likes where the bowling staff is at.
"I don't think we're underrated... we're more unknown," he said.
"We've benefited from some good captaincy from Peacock."
Rugby Union's next T20 assignment will be against CYMS, a unit they defeated not long ago in the first grade frame.
"Last time we played them we got a first-ball wicket and took our foot off their throats," he said.
"We should have gotten 250-300 so we'll learn from that game and try to finish the job as early as possible.
The contest against CYMS will occur on Friday February 19 at Wade Park.
St Pat's and Orange City will do battle in the other preliminary final, that match set to take place at Wade Park on February 12. The two winners will meet in the finale.
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