It's been over 20 years since Emus' flanker Jack Marchinton sustained a cut to his face while playing footy, but on Saturday during a 38-7 win over Dubbo Kangaroos, the veteran had his second in as many weeks.
He cut his left eyebrow during a round two Blowes Clothing Cup win over Forbes, and just seven days later, the right eyebrow copped the treatment on the club's 'Day for the Ladies.'
With tape over his head and blood in his eyes, the breakaway reflected on his man of the match performance as his teammates unanimously gave him three points in the post-match huddle.
"It's the first time I've cut my eye in 20-odd seasons of footy," Marchinton said.
"I think we really showed a lot of heart in defence today. We spoke about the way we finished against Forbes and how it wasn't good enough for the standards we set.
"To have that defensive performance today was really good."
Much like the aforementioned Forbes clash, it was a flurry of early tries that saw the men in green take a stranglehold of the the contest as key recruit Angus Roberts slashed over the line after 15 minutes of play, setting the tone for what would be a long afternoon at the office for the away side.
As for the man-of-the-match performance, Marchinton shrugged off the accolade.
"I just tried to get up in defence and support everyone... that's sort of my role," he said.
Endeavour Oval hasn't become the graveyard it is today through complacency among the players and coaches, and Marchinton spoke about what still needs to be improved moving forward.
"I think it's really finishing games off," he said.
"We've proven in the last two games that we can play pretty good rugby in the first 40 minutes but it's in the last 20 minutes where we're getting a bit sloppy and giving other teams a crack.
"Maybe just a little bit more fitness and yeah, that should help."
While the premiers were taking care of business at Orange, Forbes and Cowra also put together round three wins, making home sides nine-from-nine to start the season.
"That's interesting," he said. "It's never really been like that in previous seasons but hopefully we break that trend next."
Kangaroos' coach Paul Hausia didn't have much reason to be sprightly after such a one-sided defeat, but admitted his team was dealing with an unprecedented amount of absentees.
"We had seven players out today," Hausia said.
"Four of them were injuries and the rest of them were at either work or a wedding."
You almost never get to play an easy game at Endeavour Oval, and Hausia knew what to expect.
"Emus were always going to be hard at home with the quality of players that they have," he said.
"My hat goes off to the young blokes that all stood up today. Our loosies [falnkers] - Willie Archer and young Sam Knaggs.
"They're all young. They're all still growing and are eager to play first grade."
"It's going to be a tough season but I'm really looking forward to the next lot of rounds. The energy just wasn't there for us in the first half today.
"The pace of the game probably shocked the boys."
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