How often would you expect Emus' to relinquish a 12-0 lead on home soil?
Well, let's rephrase ... at Orange.
While Wade Park didn't have the fortress feel that Endeavour Oval does, Pete Bromley's men in green are ruing a wasteful first half that ultimately led to a 12-all draw against Cowra Eagles in a Blowes Clothing Cup round 10 tilt.
"We should have been up 26-nil at half-time," Bromley said.
"We left tries out there in that first half with little mistakes. Lachie [Harris] dropped one, Nige [Staniforth] dropped a couple... just missed opportunities.
"We've got plenty of work to do and that's a good thing because there's five games to go."
While credit must be given to an extremely resilient Eagles side, the premiers probably turn a two-score lead at home into a win 95 times out of 100.
The home side flew out of the gates with a try in the 11th minute to live wire Jamil Khalfan, the fullback backing up after a line-break and crashing over not under the sticks, but directly into the goal-post padding (before safely grounding the ball).
Another five-pointer and Emus well and truly had their tails up as they held a two-score advantage after just 20 minutes.
But from then on in, the premiers weren't able to capitalise on the field position they had and when Cowra came out from the dressing sheds after half time, they were a different team.
And even though it took the red and whites some time to get on the scoreboard, they did so in the 64th minute through skipper Bill Cummins who sliced through some brittle goal-line defence.
With the scores at 12-7, the hosts were certainly nervous but were playing mostly down Cowra's end of the field. In fact, the greens had a scrum deep in enemy territory with five minutes to go, but gave away a penalty.
The contest looked home and hoses when the Eagles knocked the ball on during an assault on Emus' try-line with just two minutes to go, but what happened in the ensuing scrum was vital.
The visitors were driving Emus back towards their own try-line, and when a greens player tried to pick the ball up and defuse the precarious situation, he fumbled the ball into his own in-goal area, and none other than Cowra's Troy Jeffs was there to plant the ball down.
With a kick to come from near the sideline, Eagles weren't able to take the lead, but the draw in itself was an incredibly impressive result given the circumstances.
"Mate, that was a game of two halves," Cummins said.
"They put us under plenty of pressure in the first half but I think our defence was really strong. We didn't quite have the urgency off the ball that we needed to get back into the hunt.
"But, when we had the ball down there end, we felt strong. The boys really lifted and for us to come back the way we did was massive."
After massive wins against Bulldogs, Roos and now Emus, Cummins thinks his teammates need to finally start playing with more confidence.
"It's funny because our confidence is probably one thing that's still lacking," he said.
"Cowra hasn't been a winning side since I've been here, and we've got to start believing we can win.
"We want to play the best sides, and we want to beat them."
Reverting back to Emus' emotions after the contest, Bromley says that while the side has experienced heads in it, there's still moments of immaturity in their performances.
"The hardest thing to control on a player is the six inches between their ears," he said.
"It's hard to control their mindset, but we need to work on it."
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